I wanted to share with current and potential Tesla owners my cross-country driving experience. When driving an ICE vehicle I tend to try to stay on the road as much as possible, with as few stops as possible, holding my bladder till I need gas, or getting gas if I need a bio break. The less time at zero mph the higher my average speed after all.submitted by GMXIX to TeslaLounge [link] [comments]
Driving a Tesla from TX to MO was a different experience. First, it forces you to get out and stretch your legs, and knowing it was going to changed my driven approach to road trips before it began. Each stop was an experience. Some were great! Lots of restaurants or shops around to look at while on a charge break, sometimes interesting Tesla owners to talk to. I had enough time to sit and eat in the restaurant I got food at, all this was great!
There were also some really oddly placed superchargers. One was in Perry, OK. A truly run down truck stop with TONS of potholes full of deep mud puddles, the Tesla equipment all torn up. One of the chargers bashed to bits but it was "taped up" with white duct tape which still left a ton of exposed bits. The truck stop was also gross. However, I had a restroom and could purchase a drink and a snack, and I could have walked to a McDonalds had I wanted to eat there, so that one was a 2/5 experience. The rest on the way out, however were all 4+ stars in my view. Always something near to go spend time at, always decent surroundings and I saw stuff that I wouldn't have seen otherwise (I found the ScoobyDoo Mystery Machine in the parking lot of a grocery store! I stopped at a Tractor Supply Co store (not a thing that exists around where I live, so that was an experience too).
Mystery Machine near Supercharger
I had a blast on that drive!
I used both the car nav and A Better Route Planner. The car navigation seemed to feel way more comfortable having me keep driving down below 10% and lowering my speed to get me there. Not my preferred approach. So I found another charger between the two Tesla suggested and added another short charge so I could keep up with traffic. Very much worth planning ahead for this kind of stuff, by the way.
On my way back I couldn't bring myself to drive through Kansas again...such a boring, flat drive. So my only other option was to drive to Tulsa, OK and charge to 95%, then drive all the way home, which would have put me home at 5% and that was staying below 65mph I don't trust it to not reduce further due to wind or unexpected slowdowns and speed ups. So instead I added 30 minutes to my trip and drove through Ardmore and was able to feel much more comfortable about the remaining charge.
Supercharger aside: The Tulsa chargers on the way back was nice enough but it was located at the rear of a casino, and all the places to eat were about a kilometer walk away in sweltering heat. Not my favorite, but it was a fast charger. Then there was the supercharger in Joplin, MO. Horrible placement. Way in the back of some abandoned building. Felt like I was there to do something sketchy. Nothing within reasonable walking distance, so I had to charge there, then make another stop on the way out. It honestly feels like there are two different teams at Tesla figuring out where to put these. There's the A-Team: They make great stops. They are clean, tons of stuff in walking distance, you love the experience. Then there is the B-Team. They were tasked with finding the cheapest place to stick a charger, convenience and safety be damned.
Autopilot. I learned a lot on this trip, but one thing that continuously throws me is why sometimes I can Autopilot (without Navigate on Autopilot) and increase my speed to 5 above (or more) and sometimes it is limited to the exact speed limit. I couldn't ever determine a common denominator.
Driving cross country was a great experience, different than other road trips, but enjoyable and I did arrive less burnt out than I would have otherwise.
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