Ho to Use Dashcam on Model 3

About Dashcam

NOTE: Dashcam is a BETA feature.

In addition to supporting Autopilot features, the
cameras can record and store video footage of the
surrounding roadway on a USB flash drive. This can be
convenient in situations where you want a video
recording of a particular incident, such as a collision. You
can pause, resume, or save video recordings directly
from your vehicle’s touchscreen.

NOTE: Dashcam only works when Model 3 is powered
on. Dashcam does not record video when your vehicle
is powered off.

Using Dashcam

Dashcam requires the use of a properly formatted USB
flash drive to store and retrieve footage. Once a properly
formatted USB flash drive has been inserted into one of
your vehicle’s front USB ports, a Dashcam icon appears
at the top of the touchscreen.
Touch the Dashcam icon to control Dashcam:

RECORDING: Touch the Dashcam icon, when Dashcam is
paused, to start recording video on the flash drive.
(red dot is displayed in the camera icon)

PAUSED: Press and hold the Dashcam icon, when
recording, to pause recording (icon is grayed out).
Ensure that Dashcam is paused before removing the
flash drive to avoid losing camera footage.

SAVED: green checkmark is displayed in the camera icon.

NOTE: Dashcam automatically begins recording when
you insert a properly configured USB flash drive into one
of the front USB ports.

Retrieving Footage

If equipped, you can review Dashcam and Sentry Mode
video recordings on your vehicle’s touchscreen when
Model 3 is in Park. Touch the Dashcam icon on the
touchscreen’s status bar and select Launch Viewer. Each
video, organized by location and timestamp, provides a
thumbnail of all video clips. For additional filtering,
touch the Dashcam or Sentry tabs. Touch a thumbnail to
view the corresponding video footage from each
camera. Pause, rewind, fast forward, and delete video
footage as needed.

You can retrieve video footage from the USB flash drive
by removing the flash drive from the USB port and using
a personal computer or other device to access the files.
Navigate to the TeslaCam folder.

The TeslaCam folder contains three sub-folders:

Recent Clips: The footage in Recent Clips
continuously loops in 60-minute cycles whenever the
cameras are activated. Therefore, footage is
overwritten every hour unless you save it. When an
event is recorded, one video is recorded for each of
the front, rear, left, and right cameras.
Saved Clips: Contains all recordings that you have
manually saved using Dashcam.
Sentry Clips: Contains the last 10 minutes of footage
from all Sentry Mode events that have triggered an
Alert or Alarm state. The footage from each event is
labelled with a unique timestamp.

NOTE: As the USB flash drive runs out of available
space, the oldest footage in Sentry Clips is deleted to
make room for new footage. Once deleted, you are
unable to retrieve them. When the flash drive is full,
Sentry Mode and Dashcam can no longer save video
footage. To prevent the flash drive from getting full,
you must regularly move saved videos to another
device, and delete them from the flash drive.

NOTE: Dashcam recording is paused when the viewer is
NOTE: You are responsible for complying with all local
laws, regulations, and property restrictions regarding
video recordings.
NOTE: The cameras do not record audio.

USB Flash Drive Requirements for Videos and Recording

NOTE: The USB-A port located at the rear of the
glovebox is equipped with a pre-formatted flash drive,
ready to save videos when using features such as Sentry
Mode and Dashcam.

In some market regions you can purchase recommended
USB drives on Tesla’s website to store video from
your vehicle’s cameras.

Minimum USB flash drive requirements:

• A sustained write speed of at least 4 MB/s. A
sustained write speed is different from the peak write
• USB 2.0 compatible. If using a USB 3.0 flash drive, it
must be able to support USB 2.0.
• 64 GB of storage or more. Use a flash drive with as
much available storage as possible. Video footage
can occupy a large amount of space.
• Properly formatted (described below).
• A dedicated flash drive exclusively for saving Sentry
Mode recordings.

Although not a comprehensive list, Tesla has tested the
following flash drives and confirmed that they meet the
requirements for using Dashcam and Sentry Mode:

• Samsung MUF-64AB/AM FIT Plus – 200MB/s USB 3.1
Flash Drive
• Samsung MUF-64AB/AM BAR Plus
• SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive
• SanDisk MobileMate USB 3.0 microSD Card Reader
(also recommended: Samsung PRO Endurance
100MB/s (U1) MicroSDXC Memory Card)

Formatting a USB Flash Drive

To correctly save and retrieve video footage, Model 3
requires the USB flash drive to be formatted as exFAT,
FAT 32 (for Windows), MS-DOS FAT (for Mac), ext3, or
ext4. NTFS is currently not supported. In addition, the
USB flash drive must contain a base-level folder called
“TeslaCam” (without quotation marks).

You can format a USB flash drive from inside Model 3 or
from a personal computer.

To format a flash drive from inside Model 3, simply insert
a USB flash drive into a front USB port, and touch Safety
& Security > Format USB Device
. Doing so formats the
drive as exFAT and automatically creates a TeslaCam
folder. The USB flash drive is now ready to record and
save video footage.

CAUTION: The Format USB Device button is
available whenever a USB Flash Drive (with one or
fewer partitions) is plugged into a front USB port.
Choosing Format USB Device formats the drive,
erasing all existing content. If you have content on
a drive that you want to keep, you must move it to
a different device before using this feature.

To format a USB flash drive from a personal computer,
follow the steps below for your operating system.

For MacOS:

  1. Insert the USB flash drive into your personal
  2. Navigate to Utilities > Disk Utility (or conduct a
    Spotlight Search).
  3. Select your flash drive in the left menu.
  4. Navigate to Erase in the top menu ribbon.
  5. In the pop-up menu, select the correct format (MSDOS
    FAT) and click Erase.

NOTE: Selecting Erase removes all existing content
from your flash drive. If you have content that you
want to keep, you must move it to a different device
before erasing.

  1. Once the flash drive is successfully erased, navigate
    to Finder and select your USB flash drive from the
    left menu. The flash drive should not contain any files.
  2. Right-click in the empty space of the flash drive and
    select New Folder. A folder appears in your flash
    drive space.
  3. Right-click on the folder, select Rename, and name
    the folder to “TeslaCam” (without quotation marks).
    Click Save. This folder contains all recent and saved
    clips from Sentry Mode and Dashcam.
  4. Properly eject the USB flash drive.

For Windows:

  1. Insert the USB flash drive into your personal
  2. Navigate to File Explorer.
  3. Right-click on your USB flash drive and select
  4. In the pop-up menu, under the File System section,
    select a support format (such as exFAT, FAT 32, etc.).
    NOTE: You can also name your USB flash drive
    (under Volume Label).
  5. Check the Quick format box and click Start.
  6. Go back to File Explorer, click on your flash drive, and
    right-click to create a folder, or select New Folder in
    the top menu.
  7. Name the folder “TeslaCam” (without quotation
    marks) and click Save. This folder contains all recent
    and saved clips from Sentry Mode and Dashcam.
  8. Properly eject the USB flash drive.

Once you have formatted the USB flash drive and
created the TeslaCam folder, insert it into a USB port in
Model 3. Do not use the rear USB ports—they are for
charging only. It may take Model 3 up to 15 seconds to
recognize the flash drive. When recognized, icons for
Dashcam and Sentry Mode appear at the top of your
touchscreen (note that you may need to enable Sentry
Mode by touching Controls > Safety & Security > Sentry
). Model 3 is ready to record video.

NOTE: For saving Sentry Mode and Dashcam video
footage, Tesla recommends using the USB port located
in the glove box. Doing so increases security and
minimizes power consumption.

Save Clips on Driving Event

Once a properly formatted USB flash drive is inserted in
one of the vehicle’s front USB ports, you can choose to
save Dashcam clips while driving when you honk the
horn, automatic braking is applied or a collision is
detected by your vehicle. To enable this feature, touch
Controls > Safety & Security > Save Clip on Driving
Event > ON
to enable. The most recent ten minutes of
footage is saved.

How to Use Rearview Camera on Model 3

Camera Location:
Model 3 is equipped with a rear view camera located
above the rear license plate.

Whenever you shift into Reverse, the touchscreen
displays the view from the camera. Lines show your
driving path based on the position of the steering wheel.
These lines adjust as you move the steering wheel.

Model 3 also displays images from the side cameras. To
view these images, simply swipe when the view from the
rear view camera is displayed.

NOTE: Visual feedback from the parking sensors also
appear on the touchscreen.

To display the view from the rear view
cameras at any time, touch the camera
icon on the touchscreen’s bottom bar.

WARNING: Never depend on the cameras to
inform you if the area behind you is free of objects
and/or people. The cameras may not detect
objects or barriers that can potentially cause
damage or injury. In addition, several external
factors can reduce the performance of the
cameras, including a dirty or obstructed lens.
Therefore, depending on the cameras to determine
if Model 3 is approaching an obstruction can result
in damage to the vehicle and/or objects, and can
potentially cause serious injury. Always inspect the
area with your own eyes. When reversing, perform
shoulder checks and use all mirrors. Use the
cameras for guidance purposes only. It is not
intended to replace your own direct visual checks
and is not a substitute for careful driving.

Cleaning a Camera

To ensure a clear picture, the camera lens must be clean
and free of obstructions. Remove any build-up of dirt or
debris by spraying water onto the camera lens with a
spray bottle or pressure washer.

CAUTION: Do not attempt to remove dirt or debris
by wiping an exposed lens with your hands or a
cloth. This debris can damage the surface of the
lens when rubbed against it during wiping.

CAUTION: Do not use chemical-based or abrasive
cleaners. Doing so can damage the surface of the

How to Get Best Range from Model 3

Tips to Maximize Range

You can maximize your driving range using the same
driving habits you use to conserve fuel in a gasoline
powered vehicle. To achieve maximum range:

• Slow down your driving and avoid frequent and rapid
acceleration. Consider using Chill Mode (touch
Controls > Driving > Acceleration) and Speed Assist
to assist in controlling your acceleration and speed.
• If safe to do so, modulate the accelerator pedal
instead of using the brake pedal when gradually
slowing down. Whenever Model 3 is moving and you
are not pressing the accelerator pedal, regenerative
braking slows down Model 3 and feeds surplus
energy back to the Battery
• Limit the use of resources such as heating and air
conditioning. Using seat and steering wheel heaters
(if equipped) to keep warm is more efficient than
heating the cabin using climate controls.
• With your vehicle plugged in, use the mobile app to
precondition your vehicle to ensure the cabin is at a
comfortable temperature and windows are defrosted
(if needed) before your drive by touching Climate >
Turn On Climate
and customizing your preferences.
• Touch SCHEDULE, available on both the charging and
climate control screens, to set a time when you want
your vehicle to be ready to drive.
• Set Stopping Mode to HOLD to gain the benefit of
regenerative braking at low driving speeds.
• Ensure the wheels are aligned to specification, the
tires are kept at the recommended inflation pressures
, and are rotated when needed.
• Install aero covers (if equipped) to reduce wind
• Lighten your load by removing any unnecessary
• Fully raise all windows.
• Features such as Sentry Mode and Cabin Overheat
Protection can impact range. Disable features that
are not needed.
• To prevent an excessive amount of energy
consumption while the vehicle is idle, keep the
vehicle plugged in when not in use.
• Minimize the use of DC chargers (such as
Superchargers) for optimal Battery health.

It is normal for estimated range to decrease slightly over
the first few months before leveling off. Over time, you
may see a gradual, but natural, decrease in range at full
charge – this depends on factors such as Supercharging
regularly or the mileage and age of the Battery. Your
Model 3 will inform you in the unlikely event a hardware
issue is causing excessive Battery or range degradation.
The power meter on the touchscreen provides feedback
on energy usage.
You can also display the Energy app to view real-time
and projected energy usage. With this feedback, you can
become familiar with how driving habits and
environmental conditions impact how much energy
Model 3 is using.

Factors Affecting Energy Consumption

While driving:

• Elevated driving speed.
• Environmental conditions such as cold or hot weather
and wind.
• Using climate controls to heat or cool the cabin.
• Uphill travel: Driving uphill requires more energy and
depletes range at a faster rate. However, driving
downhill allows your vehicle to regain a portion of its
expended energy through regenerative braking..
• Short trips or stop-and-go traffic: It takes energy to
bring the cabin and Battery to a specified
temperature when starting the vehicle. You may see a
higher average consumption when the vehicle is used
for very short trips or in heavy traffic.
• Heavy cargo load.
• Windows rolled down.
• Wheels and tires not maintained.
• Customized settings or third-party accessories (roof
or trunk racks, third-party wheels).

While parked and not plugged in to a charger:

• Preconditioning the cabin or using climate controls.
• Vehicle infotainment and climate controls system.
• Sentry mode.
• Tesla or third-party mobile app requests.

Range Assurance

The driving range displayed in Model 3 is based on
estimated remaining battery energy and EPA-rated
consumption. It does not account for your personal
driving patterns or external conditions. The displayed
range on the touchscreen may decrease faster than the
actual distance driven. To view estimated range based
on your recent energy consumption, open the Energy
app to display the graph.
Model 3 helps protect you against running out of energy.
Your vehicle continuously monitors its energy level and
proximity to known charging locations.

Touch the map’s charging icon to toggle between
displaying Superchargers only, and displaying all
chargers, including destination charging sites,
and visited chargers.

When you are at risk of driving beyond the range of
known charging locations, the touchscreen displays a
message giving you the opportunity to display a list of
charging locations that are within range. When you
select a charging location from the list, Model 3 provides
navigation instructions and the turn-by-turn direction list
displays the predicted amount of energy that will remain
when you arrive at the charging destination.

Trip Planner routes you through Supercharger locations
to minimize the amount of time you spend charging and
driving. To enable, touch Settings > Navigation > Trip

Energy App

The Energy app provides a visual representation of your
vehicle’s real-time and projected energy usage. To use
the Energy app, navigate to Application Launcher >
on the touchscreen. Choose from two types of

Consumption: Display how much energy Model 3 has
consumed over the past 5, 15 or 30 miles (10, 25 or
50 km).
Touch Instant Range or Average Range to adjust the
projected range estimation. Instant Range uses only
the latest few data points to estimate the projected
range, whereas Average Range uses the past 5, 15 or
30 miles (10, 25 or 50 km) of energy consumption to
provide a more accurate projected range.

Trip: You can monitor the amount of energy being
used while navigating to a destination. You can track
actual usage against the initial prediction. The green
line represents the actual usage whereas the gray line
represents predicted usage. To change the zoom
level, touch the zoom icon located in the top right
corner of the chart.

NOTE: The Trip chart displays energy usage only if you
are currently navigating to a destination.

How to Use Track Mode on Model 3

Track Mode, available only on Performance Model 3
vehicles, is designed to modify the stability control,
traction control, regenerative braking, and cooling
systems to increase performance and handling while
driving on closed circuit courses. Track Mode improves
cornering ability by intelligently using the motors, and
regenerative and traditional braking systems. When
enabled, the cooling system runs at an increased level
during and after aggressive driving sessions to allow
your vehicle’s systems to withstand the surplus heat.

NOTE: Track Mode is designed and calibrated for a
Performance Model 3 equipped with performance
brakes and tires. Vehicles without performance brakes
and tires may experience comparatively lower
performance and endurance.

WARNING: Track Mode is designed for use on
closed circuit driving courses only. It is the driver’s
responsibility to drive safely and ensure others are
not endangered.

WARNING: Track Mode is designed for use by
experienced track drivers familiar with the course.
Do not use on public roads. It is the driver’s
responsibility to be in control of the vehicle at all
times, including on the track. Because vehicle
behavior (including traction and stability control)
differs when using Track Mode, always use caution.

Using Track Mode

Track Mode is always disabled when you start Model 3.
To enable Track Mode for your current drive, shift into
Park and follow these steps:

  1. Touch Controls > Driving > Track Mode.
    When enabled, TRACK displays on the touchscreen
    above the driving speed, and a Track Mode pop up
    window appears on the map. The car status area of
    the touchscreen displays a color-coded image of your
    Model 3 that provides you with important at-a-glance
    status information about the Battery, the motors, the
    tires and the brakes.
  2. If desired, customize the Track Mode settings by
    touching Track Mode Settings on the Track Mode pop
    up window (see Customizing Track Mode).
    You can also access the Track Mode settings by
    touching Controls > Driving, then touching
    Customize next to the Track Mode setting.
  3. If you want to use the Lap Timer, follow the onscreen
    instructions to drop a pin on the map to define the
    lap’s start/finish location. You will then need to press
    START on the Lap Timer to begin your driving
    session. Once started, the Lap Timer starts counting
    when you drive Model 3 past the lap’s start/finish
    location where you dropped the pin.
  4. Shift into gear and GO!

If you started the Lap Timer, each time you pass the
start/finish location, the timer resets for the next lap.

You can also view a real-time accelerometer (G-meter)
by swiping the Cards area of the touchscreen.

When Track Mode is on:

◦ Autopilot features are unavailable.
◦ The Slip Start setting is overridden.
◦ Stopping Mode is set to the Roll setting in which
Model 3 is free-rolling at very low speeds
whenever a driving gear is engaged and both the
accelerator and brake pedal are released.
◦ Energy usage increases.
◦ Easter eggs including games, arcade and Tesla
Theater are unavailable.

Use the touchscreen setting to turn Track Mode off at
any time. Powering off Model 3 also turns off Track
Mode (although it may still appear on the
touchscreen if Post-Drive cooling is in progress).
When Track Mode is off, all settings return to their
previous state and all features return to their normal
operating state.

Customizing Track Mode

To customize Track Mode, touch Track Mode Settings on
the Track Mode popup window that appears on the map
when you enable Track Mode. You can also access the
Track Mode settings by touching Controls > Driving,
then touching Customize next to the Track Mode setting.
Choose an existing Track Mode setting from the list of
pre-defined profiles provided by Tesla. Or create a new
settings profile by touching Add New Settings, entering
a name for the settings profile, then adjusting these
settings to suit your preferences or driving scenario, or
customize for a specific track:

Handling Balance – Customize the balance of Model 3
in a turn. If Model 3 is too loose, you can choose a
front-biased under-steering setup. Difficult to get the
vehicle through a turn? Try a rear-biased setup to
increase rotation. You can select any value, in 5%
increments, between 100/0 (for 100% front biased
used for under-steering) and 0/100 (for 100% rear
biased used for over-steering).

Stability Assist – Choose the level at which the
stability control systems are helping to control the
vehicle. You can choose any level from -10 to +10.
Choosing +10 engages all stability assist systems for
controllable driving in which stability systems remain
engaged, whereas -10 disables all stability systems
and the stability of the drive rests solely on the driver.
The default setting of 0 represents a balance which
provides some stability being automatically
controlled and leaving some control up to the driver.

Regenerative Braking – Choose how much
regenerative braking is available. You can choose any
value, in 5% increments, between 0 and 100%. Tesla
recommends the 100% setting to help avoid
overheating the brakes.

Post-Drive Cooling – Set to ON if you want the
cooling systems to continue cooling the vehicle’s
components even after you leave the vehicle. Cooling
stops automatically when the components are
sufficiently cool, or when you power Model 3 off and
back on again. Post-Drive Cooling is useful if you
want to quickly cool the components between
driving sessions. If Post-Drive Cooling is set to OFF,
the components eventually cool, but it takes longer.

Save Dashcam for Laps – Set to ON if you want to
save a video and data of the Track Mode driving
session on a USB flash drive. A USB flash drive must
be set up and inserted as described in USB Flash
Drive Requirements for Videos and Recording.
The USB flash drive must contain a folder
named “TeslaTrackMode” (without the quotation
marks). When enabled, Track Mode stores a video of
each lap in a driving session when using the Lap
Timer. Track Mode also stores the car status and
telemetry data with details about the vehicle’s
position, speed, acceleration, use of accelerator, etc.
You can then analyze this data, which is stored as
a .CSV file on the USB flash drive, to determine where
time is being lost or gained (even on a per tire level).

Track Mode allows you to save up to 20 Track Mode
profiles. To delete a chosen profile, touch Delete at the
bottom of the settings window.

NOTE: You can not change or delete a pr e-defined
profile provided by Tesla.

Using the Lap Timer

When you enable Track Mode, the map displays a Lap
Timer. Follow the onscreen instructions to place a start/
finish pin on the map. Once the pins are placed, press
START to initiate the driving (lapping) session. When
you drive Model 3 through the start/finish location, the
Lap Timer automatically starts timing the duration of the
lap, resetting the timer whenever you pass the start/
finish location. The map highlights the track in blue.

At the completion of each lap, the Lap Timer displays
the duration of the lap. It also displays the times
associated with the previous and best laps in the driving

If Save Dashcam for Laps is on, and a properly formatted
USB flash drive is inserted in a front USB port, Track Mode
saves a video of the driving session (as recorded by the
front cameras), along with a .CSV file that provides
detailed information about the lap.

NOTE: To stop the timer at the end of your driving
session, touch STOP on the Lap Timer popup window.

Monitoring Vehicle Health

You can easily monitor the health of Model 3 when using
Track Mode by glancing at the car status area of the
touchscreen. The colors indicate the status of the
various components, allowing you to determine the
current operating state and make decisions accordingly.
The components are displayed in green when operating
within their ideal temperature range. Colors change as

• The Battery displays blue when cold and red when
• A brake displays blue when cold and red when hot
(an early warning for overheating brakes).
• A motor displays blue when it’s cold or red when it’s
• A tire displays blue when under-used or red when the
peak grip is exceeded.

NOTE: A component displayed in red does not
necessarily indicate a concern.

CAUTION: Any vehicle damage or injuries caused
by using Track Mode is the driver’s responsibility.
The vehicle warranty does not cover damage
caused by excessive overuse of vehicle
components. It also does not cover racing,
autocross, or driving in competition.


In Track Mode, a real-time G-Meter displays on the Cards
area of the touchscreen. The G-Meter graphically displays
peak lateral, acceleration, and deceleration values in the
form of a circular meter. The history of your drive is
represented in the shaded area. The G-Meter resets at
the start of each driving session.

NOTE: You can swipe the G-Meter card to display a
different card. However, the G-Meter displays as the
default card whenever you engage Track Mode.

How Park Assist Works on Model 3

Model 3 has several sensors designed to detect the
presence of objects. When driving slowly in Drive or
Reverse (for example, when parking), the vehicle alerts
you if an object is detected in close proximity of your
Model 3. Objects are only detected in the direction of
the gear you selected; front objects in Drive, rear objects
in Reverse.

WARNING: You may not be alerted if Model 3 rolls
freely in the opposite direction of the selected
gear (for example, Park Assist does not display an
alert if Model 3 rolls backwards down a hill while in

The sensors are activated when driving slower than
5 mph (8 km/h).

WARNING: Never depend on Park Assist to inform
you if an area you are approaching is free of
objects and/or people. Several external factors can
reduce the performance of Park Assist, causing
either no readings or false readings.
Therefore, depending on Park Assist to determine
if Model 3 is approaching an obstruction can result
in damage to the vehicle and/or objects, and can
potentially cause serious injury. Always inspect the
area with your own eyes. When reversing, perform
shoulder checks and use all mirrors. Park assist
does not detect children, pedestrians, bicyclists,
animals, or objects that are moving, protruding,
located too far above or below the sensors, or too
close or too far from the sensors. Park Assist is for
guidance purposes only and is not intended to
replace your own direct visual checks. It is not a
substitute for careful driving.

Visual and Audio Feedback

When you shift to Reverse, the Park Assist view displays
on the touchscreen, showing objects that are in close
proximity to the front and rear of Model 3. This view
closes when you shift into Drive unless an object is
detected close to the front of Model 3, in which case the
Park Assist view closes automatically when your driving
speed exceeds 5 mph (8 km/h). When reversing, visual
feedback also displays on the touchscreen .
You can manually close the park assist view on the
touchscreen by touching the X in the bottom corner.

When driving with the Camera app displayed on the
touchscreen, you can switch to the Park Assist view
when driving at speeds below 5 mph (8 km/h). Touch
the button located in the upper left corner of the
Camera app window. This is useful if you need assistance
with parallel parking.

If chimes are turned on, an audible beep sounds as you
approach an object. You can temporarily mute the chime
by pressing the scroll button on the left side of the
steering wheel or by touching the mute button on the
bottom left corner of the Park Assist view.

NOTE: If a sensor is unable to provide feedback, the
touchscreen displays an alert message.

CAUTION: Keep sensors clean from dirt, debris,
snow, and ice. Avoid using a high pressure power
washer on the sensors and do not clean a sensor
with a sharp or abrasive object that can scratch or
damage its surface.

CAUTION: Do not install accessories or stickers on
or near the parking sensors.

Controlling Audible Feedback

You can use Park Assist with or without audible
feedback. To turn chimes on or off, touch Controls >
Safety & Security > Park Assist Chimes.

Limitations and False Warnings

The parking sensors may not function correctly in these

• One or more of the ultrasonic sensors is damaged,
dirty, or obstructed (such as by mud, ice, or snow, or
by a vehicle bra, excessive paint, or adhesive
products such as wraps, stickers, rubber coating,
• The object is located below approximately 8 inches
(20 cm) (such as a curb or low barrier).

CAUTION: Shorter objects that are detected
(such as curbs or low barriers) can move into
the blind spot of the sensors. Model 3 cannot
alert you about an object while it is in the blind
spot of the sensors.

• Weather conditions (heavy rain, snow, or fog) are
interfering with sensor operation.
• The object is thin (such as a sign post).
• A sensor’s operating range has been exceeded.
• The object is sound-absorbing or soft (such as
powder snow).
• The object is sloped (such as a sloped embankment).
• Model 3 has been parked in, or being driven in,
extremely hot or cold temperatures.
• The sensors are affected by other electrical
equipment or devices that generate ultrasonic waves.
• You are driving in a location where the sensors’
ultrasonic waves are deflected away from the vehicle
(such as driving next to a wall or pillar).
• The object is located too close to the bumper.
• A bumper is misaligned or damaged.
• An object that is mounted to Model 3 is interfering
with and/or obstructing the sensor (such as a bike
rack or bumper sticker).
• Model 3 rolls freely in the opposite direction of the
gear you selected (for example, Park Assist does not
display an alert if Model 3 rolls backwards down a hill
while in Drive).

Other Parking Aids

In addition to Park Assist, when shifted into Reverse, the
backup camera displays a view of the area behind Model

How to control wipers on Model 3


To perform a single wipe with the windshield wipers,
press and immediately release the button on the end of
the turn signal stalk.

To adjust the continuous wiper settings, touch the
windshield wiper icon located in the “Cards” area on the
touchscreen. The wiper card displays the current state of the wipers.

NOTE: When you operate the wipers, the headlights
automatically turn on (if they were not on already).

CAUTION: To avoid damaging the hood, ensure
that the hood is fully closed before activating the
windshield wipers.

Below the wipers icon you can adjust the speed of the wipers.
◦ 1: Intermittent, slow
◦ 2: Intermittent, fast
◦ 3: Continuous, slow
◦ 4: Continuous, fast
◦ AUTO: Model 3 detects whether or not it is raining.
When wipers are set to AUTO and liquid is
detected on the windshield, Model 3 determines
the optimal frequency at which they should wipe.
If Model 3 does not detect liquid on the
windshield, the wipers do not wipe.

NOTE: The AUTO setting is currently in BETA. If
uncertain about using AUTO while in the BETA phase,
Tesla recommends setting the wiper speed to one of
the first four positions, as necessary.

NOTE: If the AUTO setting is selected but becomes
unavailable, the wipers change to the manual setting
(one of the first four positions) that is closest to the
latest determined AUTO wiping frequency. If the
latest wiping frequency cannot be determined, the
wipers turn off.

CAUTION: Ensure the wipers are off before
washing Model 3 to avoid the risk of damaging the

Periodically check and clean the edge of the wiper
blades. If a blade is damaged, replace it immediately.

CAUTION: In harsh climates, ensure that the wiper
blades are not frozen or adhered to the windshield.

CAUTION: Remove ice from the windshield before
turning the wipers on. Ice has sharp edges that can
damage the rubber on the blades.


Fully press and hold the button on the end of the turn
signal stalk to spray washer fluid onto the windshield.
While spraying the windshield, the wipers turn on. After
releasing the button, the wipers perform two additional
wipes, then a third wipe a few seconds later.

Periodically top up washer fluid.

2021 Model X

Long Range Model X Specs

Price: $89,990
Range: 360 mi (est.)
Peak Power: 670 hp
Wheels: 20″ or 22″
Towing: 5,000 lbs
Seating: Up to 7
Cargo Capacity: 88cu ft
Acceleration: 3.8 s 0-60 mph
Top Speed: 155 mph
Drag Coefficient: 0.24 Cd
Weight: 5,185 lb
Powertrain: AWD Dual Motor
Supercharging Max: 250 kW

Plaid Model X Specs

Price: $119,990
Range: 340 mi (est.)
1/4 Mile: 9.9 s
Peak Power: 1,020 hp
Wheels: 20″ or 22″
Towing: 5,000 lbs
Seating: Up to 7
Cargo Capacity: 88cu ft
Acceleration: 2.5 s 0-60 mph – with rollout subtracted
Top Speed: 163 mph
Drag Coefficient: 0.24 Cd
Weight: 5,390 lb
Powertrain: AWD Tri Motor
Supercharging Max: 250 kW

2021 Model S

Long Range

Price: $72,990
Range: 405 miles (EPA est.)
Seating up to 5
Cargo Capacity: 28cu ft
Drive: AWD Dual Motor
Acceleration: 3.1s 0-60 mph
Top Speed: 155 mph
Peak Power: 670 hp
Wheels: 19″ or 21″
Drag Coefficient: 0.208 Cd
Weight: 4,561 lbs
Supercharging Max: 250 kW


Price: $122,990
Range: 390 miles (est.)
Seating up to 5
Cargo Capacity: 28cu ft
Drive: AWD Tri Motor
Acceleration: 1.99s 0-60 mph
Top Speed: 200 mph
1/4 Mile: 9.23@155 mph trap speed
Peak Power: 1,020 hp
Wheels: 19″ or 21″
Weight: 4,766 lbs
Drag Coefficient: 0.208 Cd
Supercharging Max: 250 kW

How Traction Control system works on Model 3

How It Works

The traction control system constantly monitors the
speed of the front and rear wheels. If Model 3
experiences a loss of traction, the system minimizes
wheel spin by controlling brake pressure and motor
power. By default, the traction control system is on.
Under normal conditions, it should remain on to ensure
maximum safety

The yellow indicator (image of the car on a slippery road)
flashes on the touchscreen whenever the traction
control system is actively controlling brake pressure
and motor power to minimize wheel spin. If the indicator
stays on, a fault is detected with the traction control
system. Contact Tesla Service.

WARNING: Traction control cannot prevent
collisions caused by driving dangerously or
turning too sharply at high speeds.

Allowing Wheel Slip

To allow the wheels to spin at a limited speed, you can
enable Slip Start. Slip Start can be enabled at any
speed, however it is less effective at higher speeds.
Under normal conditions, Slip Start should not be
enabled. Enable it only in circumstances where you
deliberately want the wheels to spin, such as:
• Starting on a loose surface, such as gravel or snow.
• Driving in deep snow, sand or mud.
• Rocking out of a hole or deep rut.

To allow the wheels to spin, touch Controls > Driving >
Traction Control > Slip Start.

The touchscreen displays an alert message (yellow tire
with letters TC crossed) when Slip Start is enabled.

Although Slip Start is automatically disabled the next
time you start Model 3, it is strongly recommended that
you disable it immediately after the circumstances that
required you to enable it have passed.

NOTE: Slip Start cannot be enabled when you are
actively using Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.

How to shift gears on Model 3

Shifting Gears

When Model 3 is in Park, you must press the brake to
shift to another gear.
Move the drive stalk up or down to change gears.

If you try to shift into a gear that the current driving
speed prohibits, a chime sounds and the gear does not


Push the drive stalk all the way up and release. You can
only shift into Reverse when Model 3 is stopped or
moving less than 5 mph (8 km/h).


Push the drive stalk up or down to the first position and
hold it there for more than 1 second to shift into
Neutral. Neutral allows Model 3 to roll freely when you
are not pressing the brake pedal.

NOTE: You must press the brake pedal to shift out of
Neutral if driving slower than approximately 5 mph (8

Model 3 automatically shifts into Park when you leave
the driver’s seat. To stay in Neutral, use the touchscreen
to engage Transport Mode (only when transporting the vehicle).


Push the drive stalk all the way down and release. You
can shift into Drive when Model 3 is stopped or moving
less than 5 mph (8 km/h) in Reverse.

NOTE: When in Drive, push the drive stalk all the way
down and release to enable Traffic-Aware Cruise

Push the drive stalk all the way down twice in
quick succession to enable Autosteer.


Press the end of the drive stalk while Model 3 is

Model 3 automatically shifts into Park whenever you
connect a charge cable or if two or more of the
following conditions are met simultaneously while
traveling slower than approximately 1.5 mph (2 km/h):

• The driver’s seat belt is unbuckled.
• The occupancy sensor in the driver’s seat does not
detect an occupant.
• The driver’s door is opened.

NOTE: You must press the brake pedal to shift out of

NOTE: The above conditions do not reflect a
comprehensive list of reasons why Model 3 may or may
not automatically shift into Park and, in certain
scenarios, it is possible for your vehicle to shift into Park
when only one of the above conditions is true.

WARNING: In emergency situations, if the brakes
are not functioning properly, press and hold the
Park button on the drive stalk to bring the vehicle
to a stop. Do not use this method to stop the
vehicle unless absolutely necessary.

WARNING: It is the driver’s responsibility to
always ensure the vehicle is in Park before exiting.
Never rely on Model 3 to automatically shift into
Park for you; it might not work in all
circumstances (for example, if Creep or a slope
causes the vehicle to travel greater than
approximately 1.5 mph (2 km/h)).

To make it convenient to pick up passengers, you can
also unlock all doors at any time by shifting into Park
then pressing the Park button a second time.