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Anyone Hit the Gear Selector by Mistake?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by mknox, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    So, waiting for my Model S, I'm driving home tonight in my ICE in the drizzle and realize that the wiper stalk in both of my current cars is in the exact same position as Model S's gear selector. It has become almost automatic to give the stalk a tap down (or in my other car, a tap up) to wipe the window once when it's drizzling or if spray is coming off the car in front.

    Suddenly, I thought what if muscle memory causes me to hit the gear selector by mistake when I'm driving along in my (future) Model S!

    I suppose tapping it down if it's already in "Drive" wouldn't do any harm, but as I say, my other car is a tap up to wipe the window. What would tapping the gear selector up do in a Model S under way?

    Quite a few of my past cars have had wiper stalks on the right side, and I don't think I've had a car with a column shifter since the late '70s.

    Anyone done this, or am I being ridiculously paranoid? :scared:
     
  2. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    I think you'll get used to it very quickly. Worst case is you'll shift into Neutral. I don't think it will let you shift into Park or Reverse when you're traveling at speed but I haven't wanted to check that..
     
  3. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    The car will let you go into neutral, I did that once. It will let you shift back into drive (if moving forward) without hitting the brake as long as you're going > ~5 mph. If you're going less than 5 mph, it requires you to step on the brake.

    If you're traveling more than 5 mph, it will refuse to let you do a "reverse drop (the transmission)".
     
  4. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    It's a good question to ask, but shift-by-wire cars always go to neutral unless your speed is below 10 km/h.
     
  5. dadaleus

    dadaleus 4GETOIL P85#S70,FdrX,S85D

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    I've hit park at least 3 times while traveling on the freeway at high speed, meaning to hit the wash sprayer or cruse or something. It did nothing. Not even a warning.
     
  6. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Hold it down just a bit one time. Squealing tires can result. :)
     
  7. dadaleus

    dadaleus 4GETOIL P85#S70,FdrX,S85D

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    Ah, I'll pass, but thanks anyway!
     
  8. pilotSteve

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    Can you use it for parallel parking like the Blues Brothers movie?
     
  9. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Yikes. I was just thinking about accidentally tapping the lever down (for a single wipe), but my current washers are activated by a button on the end of the right hand stalk.
     
  10. Darren

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    Nope, I don't hit the gear lever, but I always hit the cruise control lever trying to signal. The signal stalk is way too low :(
     
  11. Brian H

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    You just haven't formed the correct MB habits!
     
  12. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    I'd read about that before ever taking a test drive (have had two test drives so far) and didn't find this to be a problem. The cruise lever is in an odd spot, but the turn signal lever seems to be about where my hand expects it to be. No long-term experience yet, so I may have to revise this position!
     
  13. William13

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    I am still putting the car in neutral once a week 30 days latter. I switch between four cars and have a little confusion at times.
     

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