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Check My Reasoning: Big Highway = Easier Driving

Discussion in 'Model 3: Driving Dynamics' started by PianoAl, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. PianoAl

    PianoAl Member

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    Picking up my M3 soon.

    Am I correct in assuming that driving on the four-lane Highway 5 will be much more relaxing than on the two-lane route through Yuba City?

    Screen Shot 2019-12-28 at 5.49.39 PM.jpg

    Thank you.
     
  2. trace

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    What is your reasoning? The number of lanes of a highway? That's personal preference the Model 3 will perform the same either route.
     
  3. PianoAl

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    My thought was that on a very straight, four-lane highway, there's much less chance that I will need to intervene. Yes, I'm a total newbie here. This is what highway 99 looks like:

    Screen Shot 2019-12-28 at 6.08.40 PM.jpg

    Vs Highway 5:

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  4. Sherlo

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    If you mean in terms of potential accidents, yes, go with 4 lane every time.
     
  5. ewoodrick

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    If you want a zombie like experience of mind-numbing Interstate ride, then I-5 is the way to go.
    If you want a road with things to look at, more interesting places to stop, take the side roads. Since you will probably be going slower, then you probably will be getting better range, even with the longer distance.

    But do make sure that you have charging capabilities on the route that you take, since 300+ miles isn't something that you want to do in ant Model 3.
     
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  6. S4WRXTTCS

    S4WRXTTCS Well-Known Member

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    I personally prefer 3+ lane freeways

    That lets me be in the middle lane while the crazy people are in the left lane, and the slow people are in the right lane.

    It also means that AP won't drift over anytime a lane merges in or out.

    It also won't suddenly dive for some exit that might happen on the left.

    The middle lane is the happy lane.
     
  7. Knightshade

    Knightshade Well-Known Member

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    Based on your pics, 5 is the type of road AP is actually intended to be used on, and 99 explicitly is not.

    So if you're asking based on using AP, 5 is the correct answer.
     
  8. Nosken

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    Since it appears that you’re coming from up near the northern coast, possibly near Trinidad, and you’re on your way to pick up a Model 3, further consideration should be taken as to your route due to SuperCharger stops.
    This is the best way to calculate how you want to take the drive. Make sure you put in which Model 3 Range you’re getting, and have it do the calculations for you.
    A Better Routeplanner
    If you’re picking up in the next few days, from Rocklin, let me know when your delivery is, since a few of us local Tesla owners group members help out at the end of quarter with deliveries. It is very, very busy now.
     
  9. ZappCatt

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    I would take 5 and look to use the Williams/Red Bluff Superchargers depending on where you are picking up(at the Factory?) and where you are going.
     
  10. LakeForestM3

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    I suppose it all depends on what kind of experience you want....?

    Do you want to experience the AP / FSD? then the freeway is probably the better option. If, on the other hand, you want to enjoy the handling and performance of your M3, then I'd opt for the more winding road and drive the car myself.

    Congrats on your new car!
     
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  11. focher

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    Just got home from a trip to Portland from the Bay Area. Either path is fine from a charging standpoint, but AP with NoA does really well on the 5. Definitely more relaxing than the 99 will offer.
     
  12. StellarRat

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    AP works better on freeways.
     

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