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Top 5 Mistakes When Traveling in a Tesla!

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Traveling in a Tesla has become much easier over the last few years as a result of Tesla installing thousands of new Superchargers, but there are still some things you need to know before taking a long trip. Before a trip I make sure I charge my Tesla to 100% the night before. I just change it from the app because it’s usually set to 80% charging limit for daily driving. On our most recent trip to Holland Michigan, the last Supercharger stop was 50+ miles away. Driving too fast is one of the worst things you can do for your efficiency, and it’s something that I struggle with especially on long trips because I’m on the interstate and I usually go 5-10 miles an hour over the speed limit. The mobile charger is handy, not when charging in route but when I actually arrive at my destination. Another adapter that I recently got was this 30 amp adapter for RV outlets which I haven’t had the need for yet, but a fellow Tesla owner said it’s the most used adapter in his car when he travels to national parks and places where there are RV hookups. The CCS charging standard is what most non-Tesla EVs use so the Tesla CCS adapter was something I thought would be handy because CCS chargers are only going to grow in the future, and with all the new Teslas hitting the road this adapter essentially provides 3 main benefits: you can charge at a CCS station if a Supercharger is full, you can possibly charge faster at a CCS station compared to a shared stall at a V2 Supercharger and you can possibly charge at a cheaper rate on a CCS if the Supercharger is more expensive. Leaving some key Tesla settings enabled will drain your battery much more quickly especially if you’re away from a charger for a few days. If I hadn’t turned off Sentry Mode during our 4 days in Holland I wouldn’t have had enough battery to make it back to the Supercharger and I would have had to travel an hour out of my way to charge in Grand Rapids so definitely be mindful of those settings when you need to optimize your range and conserve as much battery as possible. If you have one of the newer standard range Model 3’s then it has an LFP battery which you can charge to 100% for your daily driving. To avoid these fees I usually set my charge limit to 100% whenever I get that message about high usage in order to buy myself some time because there have been times where I’m eating food at a nearby restaurant and my car is about to reach 80% and although I don’t technically need the last 20% to continue on my trip I’ll set my charge limit to 100% on my Tesla app so that it buys me some extra time to finish eating and return to my car without being charged idle fees. I see so many Teslas charging in these spots that are not towing anything, and it may not seem like a big deal but if someone is towing a trailer and pulls up to charge and their spot is taken then they will have to go through the hassle of unhitching their trailer and re-hitching it so just be courteous and don’t charge in these spots unless it’s the only stall open and you’re able to sit in the car in case you need to move out of it quickly.

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