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Sudden shift into reverse

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Dante, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Dante

    Dante Member

    Apr 3, 2016
    Picked up my model 3 yesterday. Great car, a few issues to be dealt with afterwards, but from a driving perspective, I had what could have been a bit of a disaster happen: was turning into a parking lot, and as I turned the steering wheel, my hand hit the drive selector paddle, putting the car into reverse! Thankfully I was driving slowly into a small lot, but I just imagine this happening while making a right hand turn into another street. Worrisome that you could suddenly find yourself in reverse, especially if there was someone following closely behind you, or if you are going faster. Not sure what the solution would be other than to not hit the paddle accidentally, but I was surprised to see that the car would effortlessly jump from drive to reverse without a full stop. Has anyone else had this happen? Can it actually happen at higher speeds?
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  2. Nappe

    Nappe Member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Calgary, Canada
    There is a speed limit for the shift into reverse and back, and it is pretty low, like at a walking pace of 5 km/h (maybe 5 m.p.h or 8 km/h).

    I love using this feature in parking lots, where I can move forward and backward slowly in and out of a parking space without needing to touch the brake until I am ready to stop.
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