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Winter Tip: Ounce of Prevention = Pound of Cure

December 10, 2021 1:10 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

This past Wednesday the weather was snowy and the roads were covered with wet slush that was very greasy and slippery.  

I have had my Tesla for over a year and absolutely love it and didn't even put winter tires on last winter because it handles so well in the snow.  

I had to take my daughter to a doctor's appointment on Wednesday afternoon and spun out twice within 10 minutes - actually ended up facing the wrong way on the highway both times.  It was terrifying.  I have no idea how we didn't hit someone or be hit by someone.  We could have easily been killed.  I couldn't figure out why this was happening.  I kept telling my daughter if you are ever on road conditions like - never hit your brakes because that will spin you out.  I never hit my brakes, yet I was spinning out and fish tailing.  It was terrifying.  

We figured it out....

This past Spring I discovered the regenerative braking option and absolutely love it!!  It's a new way to drive and it's awesome.....  except on slippery roads.  Every time I let off the accelerator at all, in effect, I was hitting the brakes and doing exactly what I was telling my daughter to never do.  

My husband figured it out and from now on I will turn off that feature on bad roads, BUT I could have been killed and could have killed my daughter because of that feature.

Comments

  • December 10, 2021 3:22 PM | Vince Bargnes
    How do you "turn off" regenerative breaking?
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    • December 10, 2021 5:31 PM | Pat Rooney
      From the manual:

      WARNING: In snowy or icy conditions Model 3 may experience traction loss during regenerative braking, particularly when in the Standard setting and/or not using winter tires. Tesla recommends using the Low setting in snowy or icy conditions to help maintain vehicle stability.

      1. Touch Controls > Driving > Regenerative Braking.
      2. Choose from two levels:

      * STANDARD: Provides the maximum amount of regenerative braking. When you
      release the accelerator, Model 3 slows down, reducing the need to use the brakes.

      * LOW: Limits regenerative braking. When you release the accelerator, Model 3
      takes longer to slow down and coasts further than if set to "Standard".
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      • December 11, 2021 5:01 PM | Peter Politi
        New Models 3 and Y do NOT have the choice of Standard or Low, rather they must choose between Creep, Roll and Hold.
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  • December 10, 2021 5:40 PM | Charles Shopsis
    thanks for this timely reminder.
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  • December 10, 2021 10:55 PM | Sophia Varadan
    Good point. Even with experience driving in canadian winter weather the unusual braking features pose a hazard in winter conditions. I already anticipated problems with this car in winter bought snow tires to handle buffalo Snow. Normally drive big vans and trucks during the winter. Never cars.
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