Small but significant lesson learned while driving my Tesla Model 3

Everything happened within a span of 3~4 seconds

BHPian carthick1000 recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Lessons learned:

It is very quiet on the Tesla software updates side. No updates seen in the last 1.5 months.

However, this post is to write about a mistake I committed while driving. I was driving on an 80 km/h road (See the right lane in the first picture and black arrows for the direction of travel in the second picture) which is about to merge onto a highway. There is a traffic light followed immediately by a 90-degree right turn to enter the highway merging lane.

The mistake I made was entering a sharp corner too fast to avoid waiting at the stop light. The vehicle drifted quite a few cm sideways (which you can see in the red driven path), ESP kicked in and I have to press the accelerator harder (see the power value shooting up sharply) to torque steer the car out of the drift. Everything happened within a span of 3~4 seconds (timestamp 21:44:55 - 21:45.00).

Also, this gave an insight into 2 things:

  • Don't make foolish mistakes while driving to save a few seconds (Classic one, but still typing it to get some brickbats from BHPians)
  • Now I know the limit of my car when it comes to sharp corners. Anything more than 50 km/h is a no-go for sharp turns.

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