Are there any other things I should consider when doing winter driving?

Yes. There are several other items to keep in mind for winter weather (e.g. snow and ice and freezing temperatures):

  1. Especially in slippery conditions, turn on Chill mode so you don’t accelerate your way into a ditch.
  2. Along those same lines, set your Regen mode to low if you can (later cars with later software may not have this option), so Regen braking doesn’t cause unwanted tire sliding.
  3. Others have had problems with folding mirrors getting frozen, so turn off the auto-fold option in the car’s Settings.
  4. If you can, preheat the cabin using your smartphone app to melt off any snow and ice on the windows and doors.
  5. In freezing conditions, run an old debit card along the bottom of the window to break the seal so the glass can slip into the door when opened.
  6. If the door handles or charge port won’t open because they’re frozen, the official recommendation, past pre-heating the cabin, is to give it a fist bump to break the ice (without, it should be said, breaking anything else). Pouring hot water or using cellophane have been mentioned, but that just risks more freezing and/or more plastic pollution, and should not be necessary.

Tesla’s official support page on this topic can be found here.

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