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How do I lock/unlock the car?

With the key fob

  • To lock the car, press the key fob once and the car will beep once. To unlock the car, press the key fob twice and the car will beep two times.

With the key card

  • To lock and unlock the car, place the key card near the circle that is on the outside of the driver’s side window, while you’re standing outside the car.
  • Once inside the vehicle, select the lock image on the touchscreen or wait for the doors to automatically lock within 15 seconds of driving. Doors unlock automatically when you shift into park.

How do I enter and exit the

To enter, eject the door handle by pushing on the tallest part with your thumb. Grab the ejected handle and pull to open. To exit, press the button on top of the armrest handle. After exiting, push doors firmly to close.

How do I turn on the car?

With the key fob – To turn on the car, place your key fob anywhere in the vehicle. When you’re fully seated with your seatbelt on, simply press the brake and move the car into gear to switch it on.

With the key card – To switch on using your key card, place the key card on the console – found behind the cup holders. Once you’re fully seated with your seatbelt fastened, step on the brake and shift the car into gear to turn on. The key card can be moved when the car is on.

How do I put the car into gear?

The gear selector stalk is located behind the right-hand side of the steering wheel. Push the stalk up for reverse and down for drive. For park, press the button on the end of the gear stick. The touchscreen will reflect your gear selection.

How does regenerative braking work?

The Tesla uses regenerative (regen) braking, a braking mode that increases battery charge and available drive time by automatically applying the brakes when you take your foot off the accelerator. Rather than rolling to a stop, the car will rapidly slow down. While this will feel different than traditional braking methods, most people adjust after a few miles.

How do I turn off the car?

The car turns off automatically when you exit the vehicle, remove the key fob or key card and close all doors. If you do not remove the key fob or key card, the car will remain accessible and drivable. The touchscreen can also power down the car.

More things to know on your first drive

Where is the speedometer located?

The speedometer is located in the top left-hand corner of the touchscreen and will turn red when you are speeding. Below the speedometer is the driving graphic. This graphic displays your car and all its surroundings, including traffic and bicycle lanes, stop lights and signs, pedestrians, other vehicles and more.

What else does the touchscreen do?

Operating as the brain of the Tesla, the touchscreen is where all driver-relevant information is displayed and where nearly all features can be controlled. Search the internet, stream media, view your backup/rear camera, adjust your air conditioning and much more.

How do I view my backup/rear camera?

The backup/rear camera is automatically displayed while in reverse. To view while in another gear, select the camera button on the touchscreen or ask voice command to show the backup/rear camera.

Can I adjust the braking/stopping mode?

Yes. Select the car icon on the touchscreen to display Quick Controls, then select Driving. To mimic a petrol or diesel-powered car, select Creep (creep forward) or Roll (roll freely). These actions occur when your foot is removed from the pedals. To maintain regen braking, select Hold. Each mode provides enhanced safety.

How do I operate lights and wipers?

The lights and wipers are set to automatically react to environmental cues, such as overcast or rainy conditions. If desired, settings for both items can be manually adjusted using the touchscreen.

How do I operate turn signals?

The turn signal stick is located behind the left-hand side of the steering wheel. Push the stick up for right and down for left. A light push will signal three times and a firm push will signal until the turn is completed.

Where is the hazard lights button?

The hazard lights button is located on the ceiling near the front of the car. Simply press the button once to turn hazards on and once more to turn hazards off. The hazard symbol is the same as in a petrol or diesel-powered car.

What is the Toybox?

The Toybox is a feature that houses games, Easter eggs, fun activities such as drawing and streaming applications such as Netflix. To access Toybox, select the upward arrow icon, then select Toybox. Note: Streaming applications require a personal subscription.

Is the Toybox accessible at all times?

For safety purposes, the Toybox can only be accessed when Model 3 is in park. If Toybox is used while charging, it will increase the amount of charging time required.


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