What to do when you first get your Tesla

You've finally done it. You've bought the car, you've got it home, you've driven it and felt the force. But heres a list of things you should do when you've taken delivery that will make life easier, safer and might just get you out of trouble.

Wifi set up

Many will know you can connect the car to a wifi and for many software updates you actually need to do this. It's therefore sensible to connect your car to the wifi when you can to make sure the car is always updated. It's a one time activity.

Assuming your home wifi is within range, you can connect the car to it by clicking on the the 3g/4g/lte at the top of the screen. This will bring up a list of wifi networks available. Select the one and enter the password if required.

If you have the ability to create a wifi hotspot on your mobile phone, we recommend connecting to that too. Enable the hotspot and connect the car to it as above. This hotspot won't be used all the time, but if for some reason your car has lost mobile reception and you are locked out, you can enable the hot spot on your phone, the car will connect to it. If you've not already created the connection between your phone and car, the car won't otherwise connect unless you are in the car.

This can be really useful if you have not got the key fob for the car, maybe you have locked it in the car, and can't gain entry. If the car has a signal you can connect via your phone and app, but its possible the car may not have a connection to the internet. The most common time is in underground car parks, and you may be able to position yourself to get mobile reception while still in range for the car to have a wifi connection to the phone. Its a simple thing to do and you never know when it might be useful.

Tyres and punctures

Teslas don't as standard come with a spare wheel, a tyre compressor or run flat tyres. Tesla roadside assistance also isn't great when it comes to a flat tyre and at best will take your car to a service centre which may be shut until Monday. They have offered a loan wheel service but this is so variable it really shouldn't be relied upon. If you get a puncture, you are potentially very stuck so it is best not to rely on the Tesla services and prepare.

The minimum we suggest is to carry a tyre inflater, also known as a compressor.

Tyre inflator

Tesla tyres are often acoustic and contain a foam lining, the kits with foam in often gon't work as the foam or goo can't reach the puncture. We therefore recommend a standard compressor like the Ring RAC635. They do slightly cheaper versions with analogue displays (like the continental, but we'd opt for a slightly better one as the small extra cost is well worth it in our mind.

A compressor can often give you the ability to top up and limp along to somewhere more convenient, safer or even home depending on how fast the puncture is and how far you need to travel, and you can then sort the issue in a more convenient way. The compressor is also handy for adjusting tyre pressures on a regular basis, something that all good motorists should do, but sadly many just wait for the low pressure warning light to come on.

It's also worth having breakdown cover which can often be bought with your insurance or may be part of your bank account. This can vary by country.

We have a range of other tyre accessories on our Essential Accessories page including puncture repair kits which can basically plug the leak in the tyre although the success of these varies depending ont he nature of the puncture.


Many people get along quite happily just using their home charger and superchargers. However there are times when you may need to charge on public charge points.

We have created a longer guide to Charging a Tesla however the key things for new owners are:

Tolls, congestion and low emission zones, HOV Status.

EVs often get advantages including access to low emission zones and relief from congestion charges. These however typically require registration and often a small fee. Do not assume you are automatically registered!

Examples include the London congestion zone, Crit'Air anti-pollution vehicle stickers in France and High occupancy vehicle status in some states in the US. Check the local terms and conditions whether your vehicle qualifies and whether pre-registration is needed.

Read the manual

Ok - who reads manuals nowadays. You just expect the user interface to be super intuitive and if it works, then it works. The trouble is there are features on Teslas that are dangerous if used badly, especially with regard to Autopilot. As a result we strongly suggest that you read the manual and understand the limitations of the car better, how to use some of the more advance controls etc. You can find the owners manuals here.

If carrying rear seat passengers, make a note of how to open the rear doors in the event of an accident as the internal door handles may not operate. Also be aware of where the hazard light switch is (it's one of the few physical switches on a Tesla). Its better to know and never need these pieces of information than to need them and not know.

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