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Split second loss of concentration.
Car had clicked off of auto driving and I let it drift over to the kerb/small barrier. Pulled car away but made a right mess of the side esp alloys and tore chunk of the front panel . In to be assessed Monday.

My own fault and at 38 first time I’ve even dented a car but made me think twice about my constant changing between auto/manual etc .
 

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Oh dear! Looks like bonus week for the tesla techs....
We've all had silly prangs 'cos they build cars to crumple nowadays. 60yrs ago as a student in an old heap A30 I drove into a tree at 30mph (dark night, sharp bend , tree same colour as the road and in-line) and only had to hammer out the bumper a tad...
 
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Good to see you are in good spirits about it and no injuries other than some pride.

I'm always gutted to see anyone have an accident. I hit a fox a few years ago that ran out and it's amazing how it damaged the bumper, fog light and even the washer bottle on that car, they don't take much nowadays.

Looks like half the headlight glass is gone too.

Hope all are well.
 
Wow, sorry to hear about your baby being hurt.
I agree that the FSD does tend to lead you to a bit of complacency.
I have caught myself also thinking FSD is on when it is not.
You have to develop a good situational awareness sense.
However, on the positive side, now that you got your first ding on the car, the second one won't hurt you as much. :)
 
Thanks for the responses.

Pictures from front to rear . Most damage is front tyre / bumper. Then small scrapes all the way along the side to the rear tyres. Really frustrating to damage what was a well kept car . But considering the incident and that no other cars were around etc could of been worse. Taking it in 8.30am Mon to be assessed.

Just had a third kid and maybe my concentration early AM not what it should be . Just caught out having flicked out of Auto into manual . But like an off guard Boeing 747 pilot ! Def a danger and a learning lesson as route I take to work I was in and out of Auto.
 

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Yikes! Believe the sills are welded on so an awkward part to replace, almost as bad as the rear quarter panel.

Was that recent? Is it fixed already?
2 days ago. Still waiting for insurance to call me. I have a Tesla Approved body shop a mile from me, they said it might come out with panel bashing (my words not theirs). I only grazed a high kerb in a car park!
 
These photos make my skin crawl. This really shows the limits of AP on single lane roads etc. Can I ask if these were speed related? I am asking this since I am using AP on my daily commute for 90% of it and that includes some tricky A roads. Works really well as long as I adjust the speed accordingly. I have noticed that if I don't especially at tight turns it would happily throw me in a field or smash the curbs or event worse it will disengage right while it takes the turn. If speed is adjusted then it works really well.
 

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These photos make my skin crawl. This really shows the limits of AP on single lane roads etc. Can I ask if these were speed related? I am asking this since I am using AP on my daily commute for 90% of it and that includes some tricky A roads. Works really well as long as I adjust the speed accordingly. I have noticed that if I don't especially at tight turns it would happily throw me in a field or smash the curbs or event worse it will disengage right while it takes the turn. If speed is adjusted then it works really well.
I drove like that or the first year then decided it wasn't worth the stress and now just drive myself except for dual carriageways or motorways or short 'playtimes'
 
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I drove like that or the first year then decided it wasn't worth the stress and now just drive myself except for dual carriageways or motorways or short 'playtimes'

I see your point. I agree that it can be quite stressful. What usually happens with my commute is that at the A roads I am commuting through overtaking can be challenging and usually it is not worth it since you will end up being stuck behind another lorry so my average speed is ~50 mph. At these speeds AP is happy ;) If I can go up to speed limit then I have to do the whole speed adjustment thing. So it is not an every day situation.
 
oof tough scrapes. Mine had it's first bump today after only a couple of weeks of ownership. Luckily, slow enough that the only mark is a scuff across the front numberplate. Then again, given it was parked in my garage I'm not too impressed it got scraped at all, "someone" other than me decided to reverse our other car into the garage and apparently forgot to look :( hope for no repeats of that one!
 

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