All Tesla models share many common features and every Tesla model also has features that are uniquely suited to and made for it. While some features are software or hardware related some features are reserved for the upper tier models like the Model X and S, to make them exclusive.
In this article I found a few features that are exclusively made for the Model Y and some that are found on every Tesla model. It’s interesting to know and fun to try out. Check out all these features and let me know which ones you found most helpful.
- 1. How To Make Your Tesla Faster
- 2. You Can Activate Multiple Driver Profiles
- 4Tips and Tricks For Adding Tesla Driver Profiles
- 3. Prevent Rolling Accidents With Creep Mode
- 4. You Can Adjust Your Model Y Rear Hatch Height (Trunk Door Height)
- 5. Limit the Tesla’s Top Speed
- 6. Enable Valet Mode When Lending Your Tesla
- 7. Activate Dog Mode for Pets
- 8. Use Tesla’s Voice Commands Effectively
- 9. You Can Easily Improve Your Model Y’s Range
- 10. Turn On Chill Mode For A Smoother Ride
- 11. Add Paint Protection To Your Model Y using a Ceramic Coating.
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. How To Make Your Tesla Faster
While the Model S is much faster than the Model Y in top speed and acceleration, you can make your Model Y faster by activating the Ludicrous Mode.
This mode allows you to increase the acceleration by 10%. While 10% doesn’t seem like much, when you factor in the current acceleration, it means your car can go from 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds. That’s faster than many Ferrari models!
While it’s unlikely that you’ll ever need this feature, it puts your electric vehicle on par with many faster petrol guzzlers. Ludicrous Mode allows you to accelerate faster by pressing down on the brake and accelerator simultaneously and then releasing them at once. This activates maximum battery power and gives Tesla a massive acceleration boost.
While you’re probably aware that the Tesla Model Y is on par with most cars in terms of speed, very few people think of electric vehicles as racing cars. However, with the Ludicrous and Ludicrous+ mode, you can convert your Tesla for drag racing.
2. You Can Activate Multiple Driver Profiles
Everyone has their own driver preferences depending on their temperament and experience with driving. If you’re going to share your vehicle, you can save multiple driver profiles on your Tesla Model Y. While you may like to drive faster, your partner might not, and this is where multiple driver profiles come in handy.
A driver profile will contain the following:
- Navigation history and preferences.
- Temperature and light settings.
- Autopilot history and other driving preferences.
- Seat and mirror adjustment settings.
Your driver profile will save data on your navigation and driving preferences, which will give you access to saved routes and other time-saving data. By activating different driver profiles, you can save navigation data for different users, making it easy to access frequented routes.
You can now also save your driver profile to the cloud and use it in different Tesla Models. This can come in handy when you’re someone that often uses many different Teslas for whatever reason.
4Tips and Tricks For Adding Tesla Driver Profiles
1. How To Add A New Driver Profile To Your Tesla
To add a new driver profile, simply follow these steps: touch the driver profile icon at the top of the touchscreen, then select “Driver Profile Settings,” and choose “Add New Driver.” Type the driver’s name and touch “Create Profile.”
The onscreen instructions will guide you through the process of saving mirror and steering wheel positions to the driver profile.
If you want to save or use existing Easy Entry settings, check the “Use Easy Entry” checkbox. Easy Entry settings automatically adjust the driver’s seat and steering wheel to make it easier to enter and exit your Model Y.
If you want to set up a Tesla Profile for additional drivers, you can also share your vehicle with them through the mobile app. Navigate to Security > Add Driver and follow the prompts. Once the invitation is accepted from their Tesla Account, their Tesla Profile will appear in the Driver Profile settings. Additionally, you can personalize your profile by changing your profile picture from the Tesla Mobile App.
2. How To Change Settings Of Your Driver Profile
In case you need to change the position of the driver’s seat, steering wheel, or exterior side mirrors after saving or choosing a driver profile, the touchscreen will prompt you to either “Save” the new position or “Restore” the previously saved position (other settings are automatically saved). If you want to change a setting without saving or restoring, simply ignore the prompt.
Remember that some vehicle settings, such as seat, mirror, steering wheel, and air vent positions, are only synced between the same vehicle models. If the seat or steering positions don’t restore as expected, you can go to Controls > Service > Seat & Steering Calibration on the affected vehicles for assistance.
To select a driver profile and adjust Model Y based on that profile’s settings, touch the driver profile icon at the top of the Controls screen. Then, choose the driver from the list, and Model Y will be adjusted based on the saved settings in that driver profile. This feature is especially useful if you have multiple drivers with different preferences sharing the same vehicle or if you have multiple Tesla vehicles synced to your Tesla Account.
3. How To Delete a Driver Profile on Your Tesla
Deleting a driver profile is also straightforward. Touch the driver profile icon at the top of the touchscreen, then select “Driver Profile Settings.” Choose the driver profile you want to remove and select the “Delete” option.
4. Update Your Tesla
Lastly, be aware that Tesla Profiles are supported on vehicles with software versions 2022.24 or higher. Your Tesla Profile will be removed from any vehicle not associated with your Tesla Account. Make sure to update your software regularly.
3. Prevent Rolling Accidents With Creep Mode
Do you live in a hilly area, or is your driveway on an elevated surface? If so, creep mode may save your car! Creep mode is present in the Tesla Model Y and will ensure the car applies torque when in drive mode. This will allow your car to slowly roll forward or backward and may prevent accidents that most people have when they forget to put their vehicles in park mode.
While this feature is helpful if you live in hilly areas, it won’t prevent your Tesla from rolling down, and you’ll have to keep your foot on the brakes or put it in parking mode to prevent any mishaps.
Creep mode isn’t automatically activated in your Model Y, and it’s only recommended for more experienced drivers. Get used to driving your Tesla regularly, and only try activating creep mode when you understand all the features in your vehicle.
How To Turn On Creep Mode Tesla
- While the car is in Park mode, touch the “Controls” icon on the touchscreen. You can find this icon, which looks like a steering wheel, on the main screen.
- Inside the Controls menu, locate the “Pedals & Steering” option and tap on it.
- Within the Pedals & Steering settings, look for “Stopping Mode” and select it.
- Here, you’ll find different options to choose from. To enable Creep Mode, which simulates the behavior of a conventional automatic transmission vehicle, select the “Creep” option.
When Creep Mode is activated, it means that when your Model Y is close to a complete stop, the motor will continue to apply torque, causing the vehicle to move slowly forward (when in Drive) or backward (when in Reverse). This is similar to the gradual movement you experience in a traditional automatic transmission vehicle.
However, it’s important to remember that Creep Mode has its limitations:
- Never rely solely on Creep Mode to prevent your vehicle from rolling down a hill. Always use the brake pedal to remain safely stopped or the accelerator pedal to proceed uphill.
- In certain situations, like steep hills or driveways, you may need to press the accelerator pedal to maintain forward movement or prevent the vehicle from moving in the opposite direction.
Here’s a hands-on demonstration on how to turn on creep mode:
Did you know:
The Tesla Model Y excels in all safety categories. It won the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and it got 5 stars in every category measured by the NHTSA.
4. You Can Adjust Your Model Y Rear Hatch Height (Trunk Door Height)
There’s nothing worse than bumping your rear hatch on your garage door. Teslas aren’t cheap to repair, and even a paint job or dent repair can be costly. Fortunately, Tesla’s Model Y has a solution to this problem.
You can adjust the rear hatch height on your Tesla Model Y to prevent the rear hatch from bumping into the garage door or ceiling. Simply open the trunk using the usual settings and manually adjust the trunk door height. Hold the button on the underside of the liftgate for a few seconds until you get a confirmation notification.
Release the button and close the truck. Open it using the automatic settings and check whether the settings have been saved. This feature can be quite helpful if your garage has a lower ceiling and you prefer to open the trunk inside the garage.
Speaking of garage doors, check out this related article that I wrote about automatic Tesla Garage Door Openers and how to set it up without Homelink. I found a few handy alternatives.
Random Fun Fact:
You can link up to 10 driver profiles in the Tesla Model Y! However, each profile should have a different key, making more profiles difficult to manage.
You can create different profiles even if you aren’t going to share the car. Create a “work” profile, “holiday” profile, or other profiles based on your mood or driving preferences. With Tesla’s driver profiling, you can automate your routes every day of the week!
5. Limit the Tesla’s Top Speed
If your Tesla is regularly used by others, you can limit the top speed to prevent speeding tickets. This feature also helps you reduce the output of the batteries and puts the vehicle in a type of power-saving mode. (This mode is also helpful if you have a habit of pushing the speed limits!)
When limiting the top speed of your vehicle, you can set the maximum speed to as low as 50 Mph. This is great for beginner drivers or teens and can be used to teach learner drivers. When you limit the Tesla’s speed, the power and acceleration are also limited to 25%.
While this can be a helpful feature when leaving your vehicle in your kid’s hands, it’s only available on Teslas with the software version of 2018.24 or above and may not be applicable in older Teslas. However, you can always set a speed limit with the valet function in older models.
On a similar note, if you’d like to find out how to make your Tesla Model X dance, then check out this step-by-step guide that I wrote. Even if you don’t own a Model X, this is still fun to know!
6. Enable Valet Mode When Lending Your Tesla
Valet mode is a lifesaver. It allows you to restrict access to the trunk, top speed, personal information, and many other features of the car. The valet mode is useful when you’re attending functions, lending your car to someone you don’t trust with your personal information, or when you’re letting teens drive your precious vehicle.
Valet mode has the following features:
- Disables navigation history so no one will be able to see where you’ve been.
- Limits maximum speed, power, and acceleration so you don’t have to worry about getting a speeding ticket when you aren’t driving.
- The glovebox and front trunk are locked, so you won’t have to worry about missing items when your car is with the valet.
- Access to driver profiles is disabled. The valet will have to drive the car in a neutral profile.
- Keys, personal information, and HomeLink are disabled.
If you’d like to find out everything there is to know about Tesla Valet Mode, then check out this related article that I wrote.
To access valet mode on your Tesla, you’ll have to create a 4 digit that will help you lock and unlock the valet mode. You can also set the valet mode from your Tesla mobile app if you forget your pin. However, be careful to set the valet mode before lending your car since you can only access valet mode when the Tesla is parked.
All Tesla owners are careful not to leave their car in the wrong hands. However, the statistics are in your favor as a Tesla owner: Teslas are 90% less likely to be stolen than other cars. Teslas’ range of safety features no doubt play a part in this.
How To Turn On Valet Mode In Tesla
First, make sure your vehicle is in Park. Then, on the Controls screen, look for the driver profile icon at the top. Give it a tap.
Once you’ve tapped the driver profile icon, you’ll see an option for Valet Mode. Select it. The first time you enter Valet Mode, the touchscreen will guide you through creating a 4-digit PIN. This PIN will be necessary for canceling Valet Mode later on.
Once Valet Mode is active, you’ll notice that the touchscreen displays the word “Valet,” and the driver profile changes to “Valet Mode” on the touchscreen. This helps you know that the vehicle is in Valet Mode and some features may be restricted.
Remember, activating and canceling Valet Mode can also be done through the Tesla mobile app. If your Model Y is in Park, simply open the app and find the option to enable or disable Valet Mode.
The best part is that you don’t need to enter a separate PIN when using the app because you’re already logged in with your Tesla Account credentials.
7. Activate Dog Mode for Pets
Tesla isn’t only comfortable for humans; it’s also comfortable for your pets. One of the best features of Teslas is Dog Mode. This mode allows you to set a comfortable temperature inside the car for your pets when you’re gone. The temperature can be controlled from your Tesla app, and you won’t have to leave your furry friend in a car that’s overheating.
Dog mode can be activated with a simple tap from your phone and will display the temperature on the main screen. This helps deter someone walking past your car from thinking your pets are in danger of overheating.
An alternative to dog mode is camping mode. This is very similar to dog mode and allows you to set the indoor temperature at a comfortable level when the car is parked. Your Tesla will only activate the air conditioning system, and the batteries won’t be used for any other function.
This is helpful if you’re on a long drive and want to get a nap on the side of the road or if you just want to relax in your car when the home AC system isn’t working. Tesla’s air conditioning system not only cools down the air inside the car but also purifies it, allowing you to have a stress-free nap.
8. Use Tesla’s Voice Commands Effectively
All Tesla models have voice command controls, and the Model Y is no different. While these voice controls are quite effective, it’s surprising that most people don’t use them regularly. Here are some helpful voice commands on the Tesla Model Y:
Voice Navigation System
Do you spend a few minutes searching for your destination on Maps and then transferring the data to your Tesla? With Tesla’s voice commands, you can set the navigation route on the GPS without even touching the screen or app.
Simply say the name of your destination, and the navigation system will detect the location. It’s better to be specific when describing your destination, but you don’t really have to say more than the location, street number, and city.
If you’ve already gotten used to Siri and Alexa for Google searches, it’s time to start using Tesla’s voice system to do the same. You can search on Google while driving or when the car is on autopilot by saying “search Google for.”
This function works best when you’re searching for a definitive answer to a common question. If you want to do research, use your phone instead.
Mute the GPS Voice
There’s nothing more irritating than the voice of the GPS on a route that you’re accustomed to. While you don’t have to set the GPS if you don’t want to, sometimes you may set it out of habit. Instead of canceling the GPS route when driving, you can use voice commands to mute the GPS.
Simply say “Mute voice guidance,” and the car will turn it off. You can still check the GPS route, but you won’t have to deal with the irritating voice guidance.
There’s nothing easier than setting the temperature using voice commands on your Tesla. Just say “set temperature to” and mention the temperature you want the AC to function at.
While it doesn’t take long to tap on the temperature controls, you can set the temperature without taking your hands off the steering wheel while driving.
9. You Can Easily Improve Your Model Y’s Range
The range of the Tesla Model Y is around 303 miles for the Performance model and 330 miles for the long-range trim. While this may be enough for your whole week’s commute, you also have to factor in the charging time.
This table shows the estimated charging times based on what charger you’re using:
|Charger||Home Outlet (120v)||Level 2 (240v)||Supercharger (480v)|
|Estimated charging time||15-24 hours||8-12 hours||15-20 minutes|
Whether you’re charging with a supercharger or using your home outlet, you’ll benefit from improving the range of your vehicle, especially on long drives. Here are some tips to improve your Tesla’s range:
- Use the seat heater to save power. When heating the car in cold weather, the seat heater in your Tesla is more efficient than the heating system. Try to prioritize the seat heater in the winter and only use the heating system when needed.
- Remove snow from your vehicle. If you live in an area where snowfall can bog down your car, remove all snow before driving. Teslas are designed with cutting-edge aerodynamics, and snow on the car’s surface will affect their range.
- Drive slightly slower. While there’s nothing wrong with testing the limits of your car, driving slightly slower than the maximum speed limit may increase your car’s range and translate to fewer charging spots. The Model Y is most efficient at 50 mph, but going at 60 or 65 won’t cause a major drop in efficiency.
- Use cruise control. Cruise control will help you significantly increase the range of your Tesla. Cruise control can minimize the acceleration if you’re on the highway, improving the range.
10. Turn On Chill Mode For A Smoother Ride
Chill mode has nothing to do with your Tesla’s temperature. It is one of the cool features Tesla included to make your driving experience more comfortable. With this hack, Tesla limits acceleration for a more gentle ride.
To turn on Chill mode, simply touch “Controls”, “Pedals & Steering” and then “Acceleration” on your touchscreen, and then select Chill Mode.
The touchscreen will display the word “CHILL” above your driving speed when your car is in chill mode, to make sure you remember why your car isn’t accelerating as much as it usually does.
11. Add Paint Protection To Your Model Y using a Ceramic Coating.
Tesla paint has a bit of a reputation for chipping easily, so adding a ceramic coating can be helpful to keep your vehicle looking brand new.
What is Ceramic Coating?
A ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that chemically bonds with the vehicle’s paint, creating a protective layer. It forms a durable and transparent shield that helps guard against various environmental contaminants, UV rays, oxidation, and minor scratches.
Benefits of Ceramic Coating:
A ceramic coating on your Tesla can have the following benefits:
- Enhanced Paint Protection: Ceramic coatings provide an additional layer of protection for your Model Y’s paint, shielding it from elements like bird droppings, tree sap, insects, and harsh chemicals.
- Hydrophobic Properties: One of the significant advantages of ceramic coatings is their hydrophobic nature. They repel water and help prevent water spots and mineral deposits from forming on the surface of your vehicle.
- Easy Maintenance: The slick surface created by the ceramic coating makes it easier to clean your Model Y. The coating helps repel dirt and grime, reducing the chances of contaminants sticking to the paint and making regular washing more efficient.
- Longevity: With proper application and maintenance, a ceramic coating can last for several years, providing long-lasting protection for your Model Y.
How To Apply A Ceramic Coating To Your Tesla
While it’s possible to apply a ceramic coating yourself, many Tesla owners opt for professional installation to ensure optimal results.
Professional detailers have the expertise and tools to properly prepare the paint surface, remove any imperfections, and apply the coating evenly for the best protection and appearance.
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