Travel Tips for Your Tesla
Your Tesla is designed to maintain its battery over time, and will not overcharge when plugged in for an extended period of time. For that reason, when you’re away from home, we always recommend leaving your car plugged in.
Maximize Your Range
To maintain a cool cabin temperature and maximize your range, park in a shaded area and turn your AC on while charging. You can monitor your charge and temperature from your Tesla mobile app.
Set your Regenerative Braking to "Standard" to conserve range while decelerating.
Before starting a long road trip, we recommend checking your tire pressure (psi) shown on the Tire and Loading Information label located on the center door pillar. You should also inspect your tires for bulges, foreign objects, cuts or wear. If you notice anything concerning, you can self-schedule a service appointment in your Tesla app.
Plan Your Trip
Enter your destination on the touchscreen and Navigation will identify the fastest route, and the most convenient locations to charge along your route.
Use our Go Anywhere tool to plan future road trips in your Tesla. Select your car’s configuration, and add your start and end locations. The Go Anywhere tool will provide you a route through Supercharger locations and a recommended charge time at each stop. We always advise using your in-car trip planner when you’re on the road so that it will give you the most accurate recommended stops and charge times based on your driving.
To locate the nearest Supercharger location at anytime, tap on the lightning bolt icon on your navigation. Tap on any red Supercharger pin to view the total number of open stalls, status updates, and maximum charge rate available.
You can also explore Destination Charging locations conveniently located at hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers across the country. These will be indicated with a gray pin.
Review our walkthrough videos to learn more about your car’s features.
If your car’s interior reaches over 105 degrees Fahrenheit, the Cabin Overheat Protection feature will automatically turn on to lower the cabin temperature. Adjust this setting through your touchscreen:
- Model S and Model X: Controls > Settings > Vehicle
- Model 3: Controls > Safety and Security > Settings
As a reminder, AC will create some condensation, which may pool under your car.
You can review your Owner’s Manual to learn more.
- Model S and Model X: Controls > Settings > Owner’s Manual
- Model 3: Controls > Service > Owner’s Manual
Model S and Model X only:
Climate Keeper maintains a set temperature in the cabin for an extended period of time. Perfect for keeping groceries cool or a comfortable cabin temperature for an overnight camping trip in your Tesla.
- Shift into Park, and select ‘Auto’ from Climate Controls
- The Climate Timer will appear below your individual climate settings
- Adjust climate settings as needed
- Tap ‘Keep Climate On’
It will remain on until you shift out of Park, manually turn it off, or if your battery’s charge drops to 20%.
Frequently Asked Questions - Maps and Navigation
How do I adjust the traffic based routing feature?
Your Tesla detects real-time traffic conditions and automatically adjusts the estimated driving and arrival times. The navigation system can reroute you to your destination if traffic conditions change. To turn this feature on or off, touch the map's settings icon, then touch Online Routing.
How do I change the orientation of the map?
The touchscreen displays a map at all times. Hold and drag a finger to move the map in any direction. Rotate the map in any direction by holding and turning two fingers. Touch the icon in the top right corner of the map to set the map's orientation.
How do I remove Superchargers from my route?
To remove a Supercharger station from your route, select “remove charging stops” (lightning bolt sign) at the bottom of the directions.