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Mario Kadastik

Active Member
Sep 5, 2013
2,189
1,396
Rae, Harjumaa, Estonia
it seems the Model S visors weren't quite designed for Nordic countries. In the winter the sun (when it's shining at all) is low on the horizon throughout the day, not just during rise/set. Right now the Model S visors are extremely small and it makes you sit upright uncomfortably to get any blocking. Is there any way to improve their coverage for the Nordic countries that really need to block the sun, which is lower on the horizon... Am I the only one who finds this annoying?
 

GSP

Member
Dec 28, 2007
2,566
797
I don't have a MS, but for years I have been keeping a baseball cap in my cars. It is more effective than sun visors, and it also works when you look out the side windows. I usually use both cap and sun visors, but don't have to fiddle with the sun visors as much.

I hope that helps.

GSP
 

Panacea

TSLA Shareholder/Believer
Feb 9, 2013
231
0
NJ
Mario, the visors are too small for the folks in the US as well. Alas, I do not suspect any improvements to the design to occur any time soon, if at all. I would encourage you to send an email to ownership for what it's worth.
 

Raffy.Roma

Active Member
Jul 22, 2012
3,274
23
Rome (Italy)
It's not easy to find the right size for visors because at the one side they should block sun rays, at the other side they shouldn't block the view sight to the driver. IMO Tesla made the right choice to make them a little bit small in order to allow a better view sight to the driver. Personally I use sun glasses to work out the sun rays issue while driving.
 

Mario Kadastik

Active Member
Sep 5, 2013
2,189
1,396
Rae, Harjumaa, Estonia
Mario, the visors are too small for the folks in the US as well. Alas, I do not suspect any improvements to the design to occur any time soon, if at all. I would encourage you to send an email to ownership for what it's worth.

I copied here basically what I wrote to ownership ;)

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It's not easy to find the right size for visors because at the one side they should block sun rays, at the other side they shouldn't block the view sight to the driver. IMO Tesla made the right choice to make them a little bit small in order to allow a better view sight to the driver. Personally I use sun glasses to work out the sun rays issue while driving.

I have glasses and buying a second set as sunglasses has always been something I hate so my current glasses are photocromatic. However that doesn't work in cars as the windshield kills the UV that is used to make the glasses turn black. And to be honest the Tesla visors are non-existent. It's not a question of varying slightly if it blocks more or less. In the current case at its maximum setting it blocks marginal region of the visible area. For standard visors you can pull them down partially or go >180 degrees on it by going over the maximum blocking area as it reduces the area it blocks yet blocks all coming from above (useful in summer), but if we have winter I need to block at times ~half of the visible area to be able to drive at all. This isn't doable at all right now.

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It's not easy to find the right size for visors because at the one side they should block sun rays, at the other side they shouldn't block the view sight to the driver. IMO Tesla made the right choice to make them a little bit small in order to allow a better view sight to the driver. Personally I use sun glasses to work out the sun rays issue while driving.

I have glasses and buying a second set as sunglasses has always been something I hate so my current glasses are photocromatic. However that doesn't work in cars as the windshield kills the UV that is used to make the glasses turn black. And to be honest the Tesla visors are non-existent. It's not a question of varying slightly if it blocks more or less. In the current case at its maximum setting it blocks marginal region of the visible area. For standard visors you can pull them down partially or go >180 degrees on it by going over the maximum blocking area as it reduces the area it blocks yet blocks all coming from above (useful in summer), but if we have winter I need to block at times ~half of the visible area to be able to drive at all. This isn't doable at all right now.
 

araxara

S-P85#3,218 X-LR M3AWD
May 11, 2012
1,016
381
Tucson, AZ
I’m sure you’ve thought of this, but have you tried adjusting your seat so it’s higher? I find that it works really well for me, although there is no way to block the sun between the passenger visor and the rear view mirror.
 

Musterion

18h 03m 37s −24° 23′ 12″
Jan 10, 2013
579
168
M8
I found that a piece of cardboard or cloth can easily be inserted in the flap that swings over the mirror on the visor and provides adjustable sun shielding. I've only done this for my sensitive passenger; for me wearing sunglasses has sufficed even for low sun (and a direct block cuts too much visibility for my taste). Note also on the above comment on UV light activated photo-chromatics for prescription lenses---there are new lenses designed for driving that are activated by ambient visible light.
 

kendallpb

Model S: P 8061
Oct 29, 2010
1,251
52
MD, USA
Mario, the visors are too small for the folks in the US as well.

Exactly! I bought a pair of hard plastic square-ish things that clip onto the visor, to use when the sun's in an . . . unfortunate location. But the way they're designed and the size of the visor and mirror, it's a bit of a pain to get them on and off. I don't use them much. I don't have a link to this product any more, though, sorry. ;-( I think I bought it directly from the manufacturer. Anyway, Googling car visor extender shows a variety of products out there, but yeah, the visor should be another inch or so....
 

neroden

Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan
Apr 25, 2011
14,676
62,627
Ithaca, NY, USA
it seems the Model S visors weren't quite designed for Nordic countries. In the winter the sun (when it's shining at all) is low on the horizon throughout the day, not just during rise/set. Right now the Model S visors are extremely small and it makes you sit upright uncomfortably to get any blocking. Is there any way to improve their coverage for the Nordic countries that really need to block the sun, which is lower on the horizon... Am I the only one who finds this annoying?

You're not the only one who finds it a problem. When I'm driving in certain directions at certain times of day (sunrise and sunset) I end up holding my hand up to block the sun out, because it's straight in my eyes and the visors are usless. I really don't see a solution.
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,867
Toronto, ON
It took me a while to figure this out, but I think the visors are fine. In most cars, you can flip the visor down and back on to the glass and they will still cover some of the glass. Not so on the Model S... they will go up and only cover the headliner! (This also makes it hard to hold a sunshade in place in the summer).

But if you flip them straight down, so they are vertical, they do cover the top part of the glass from the driver's perspective. In fact, in this position, I wouldn't want them any lower or I might not be able to see all of the road.

Give it a try... it works for me.
 

JakeP

S P4996 ==> P02547
Apr 27, 2012
1,862
156
Bradfordwoods, PA
It took me a while to figure this out, but I think the visors are fine. In most cars, you can flip the visor down and back on to the glass and they will still cover some of the glass. Not so on the Model S... they will go up and only cover the headliner! (This also makes it hard to hold a sunshade in place in the summer).

But if you flip them straight down, so they are vertical, they do cover the top part of the glass from the driver's perspective. In fact, in this position, I wouldn't want them any lower or I might not be able to see all of the road.

Give it a try... it works for me.

Yes, I do this also. Looks and seems a little weird at first, but it does the trick. Of course I am in Pittsburgh around 41 degrees N latitude, and not 60 degrees or more like the folks on the Baltic and in Scandinavia!
 

D_McAllister

Member
Aug 27, 2013
33
2
SoCal
It took me a while to figure this out, but I think the visors are fine. In most cars, you can flip the visor down and back on to the glass and they will still cover some of the glass. Not so on the Model S... they will go up and only cover the headliner! (This also makes it hard to hold a sunshade in place in the summer).

But if you flip them straight down, so they are vertical, they do cover the top part of the glass from the driver's perspective. In fact, in this position, I wouldn't want them any lower or I might not be able to see all of the road.

Give it a try... it works for me.


Good tip thanks :biggrin:
 

spatterso911

P100DL - Raven
Mar 3, 2012
1,223
12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
It took me a while to figure this out, but I think the visors are fine. In most cars, you can flip the visor down and back on to the glass and they will still cover some of the glass. Not so on the Model S... they will go up and only cover the headliner! (This also makes it hard to hold a sunshade in place in the summer).

But if you flip them straight down, so they are vertical, they do cover the top part of the glass from the driver's perspective. In fact, in this position, I wouldn't want them any lower or I might not be able to see all of the road.

Give it a try... it works for me.

I have found the exact same to be true. If you look at the visors on any other car with a steeply raked windshield, you'll notice they are quite thin and small. Check out the visors on an Aston Rapide...
 

kendallpb

Model S: P 8061
Oct 29, 2010
1,251
52
MD, USA
It took me a while to figure this out, but I think the visors are fine. In most cars, you can flip the visor down and back on to the glass and they will still cover some of the glass. Not so on the Model S... they will go up and only cover the headliner! (This also makes it hard to hold a sunshade in place in the summer).

But if you flip them straight down, so they are vertical, they do cover the top part of the glass from the driver's perspective. In fact, in this position, I wouldn't want them any lower or I might not be able to see all of the road.

Give it a try... it works for me.

I occasionally need to do this in other cars, with normal-sized visors; thus, with its smaller visor, this is insufficient in the Model S.
 

William13

Active Member
Mar 19, 2011
1,003
86
South Bend
Mario, there are visor attachments available that will work. They will not match the class and style of the Model S though.

They come it opaque and tinted versions and attach to the car's current visor.

I bought one for my daughter to use in her Prius but it was not fashionable for her and she uses her hand or a book. Good luck.
 

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