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The hot summer days will soon be coming to an end and so, comes the time to prepare for the colder months ahead. The good news is that your Tesla was built and tested in extreme environments. There are, however, some helpful hints and tricks you may employ to ensure that everything goes as planned.
When your Tesla is not in use, it is advised that you leave it plugged in. This is especially beneficial in the winter since it allows the battery to keep the heat it requires to function correctly and allows you to use features like regenerative braking without difficulty. When you start driving in chilly weather, you'll most likely encounter the no regenerative braking warning.
Before you start your journey, it's a good idea to examine the vehicle visually. Ensure that essential surfaces are not frozen or snow-covered. When feasible, inspect the entire vehicle, but pay special attention to the door handles, mirrors, charge port, Autopilot cameras, and front fender.
If the car is plugged in, you can also save electricity by warming it up before each journey. To provide an expected departure time, use Scheduled Departure. This guarantees that the automobile will be ready for you when you ready to leave.
When the Tesla battery is cold, a snowflake icon shows next to the indicated range. Unfortunately, you won't be able to utilise some of the energy stored in the battery until it warms up in this case. Battery power and regenerative braking will also be limited. After the battery heats up, the icon vanishes. You may warm up your battery faster by charging it, driving it, or pre-conditioning it.
You'll need to drive prudently and restrict energy use in the cabin to reduce energy loss. This is an excellent technique to increase range and efficiency all year long. It's especially crucial in the winter, when the drastic loss in range can be startling.
In the winter, daily weather updates are your best friend. It will not only tell you how to dress, but it will also tell you what you should do with your car. If you expect snow or ice to accumulate, put the wipers in the service position to prevent icing.
Similarly, snow and ice buildup can damage the car's side view mirrors' folding mechanism. During cold weather, it's a good idea to turn off the auto-fold feature in the mirror settings.
Tesla goes to great lengths to assure a smooth driving experience, even in subzero temperatures. The Tesla app's Defrost feature allows you to melt any ice or snow on surfaces such as the windshield, charge port, and mirrors.
In the winter, you'll obviously require washer fluid that's suitable for frigid temperatures. An occasional top-up will also aid in the restoration of the ingredients that keep the windshield free of ice.
To save time moving between weather conditions, you can define a winter driver profile on your app so you don’t have to change settings with every season change.