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Drive Responsibly....Please

My wife and I love our MS. We live in the SF area. We love the social aspect of the TESLA family.
We love waving at other Tesla owners and often get a big thumbs up in reply.

However, yesterday a MS driver did not represent this amazing social network well.

My wife was trailering horses back to the Bay area from Gilroy and was delighted to see a MS coming up to pass her. She was talking to me on Bluetooth and I could tell she was grinning.

A few moments after finishing our conversation, she called me back to report that this MS driver passed her and abruptly pulled in front of her truck leaving nearly zero room for stopping if she needed to. She was really pissed that someone driving our favorite car could so poorly represent the Tesla community and potentially put her and our horses at risk.

She asked me to post this to remind Tesla drivers that we do represent this amazing group of people and to some extent Tesla. My experience is that most Tesla drivers drive safely. Just be aware that folks are looking and evaluating in this formative stage of the Tesla era. Do what you can to enhance that image through thoughtful and safe driving.

I don't think this post is appropriate for this forum.

This is definitely something to keep in mind with a car as powerful as a Model S. I do try to not drive like an a-hole, but it's really hard not to drive this thing fast.

Though I applaud the sentiment and I hope everyone drives responsibly regardless of what vehicle they're driving I think attributing Tesla owners with some kind of quality that sets them apart is a whole new form of Tesla Psychosis.

You get assholes in any kind of powerful car, and even some not so powerful cars... How many times has the same thing happened with a BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc?

@GeekEV +1

I just got back from a long trip from Hershey Park and there was an 18 wheelers who was tailgating my behind for a good 5 miles. I was driving an ordinary hybrid at 70 on the left lane of a 2 lanes highway. This trailer probably gave me about 3 feet from my rear bumper to his front bumper.

It didn't matter if I increase the speed or not, this ahole was determined to tailgate me on a two lanes highway. He had the option to go to the right lane but he declined to do so.

I finally got rid of this giant ahole when a four lanes split appeared. He couldn't catch up to me at that point.

The point being that car drivers of any make and models are capable of being giant idiots on the road.


I DO think this post is appropriate.

There you go... I just cancelled out YOUR opinion!

@Mathew98,Was the truck driver possibly sending a message about the "keep right except to pass" law, or does that not apply in PA?

It's an entirely appropriate reminder that we don't want to be portrayed badly in the UC Berkely research result of observing drivers of different car models:

5 miles huh? In a plain hybrid? So 5 miles at 70 miles per hour is equal to
about 4 1/2 minutes of playing chicken with a truck that can weight up to 80,000
Pounds! Ever think of yielding by moving to the right lane? Ever think that you too were
breaking the law by staying in the passing lane and surpassing the speed limit?
If you want to speed - fine but if 80,000 pounds is up your butt, move over or get
Trampled regardless of what you are driving

This is quite an appropriate post IMO....One level..The TM forum level.. Courtesy, in general, as we represent the company as early adopters.

Second....not forum level, but as an aside....My wife also drives a horse trailer from time to time. These vehicles have live animals and jamming on the brakes has VERY negative consequences....Be kind to horse trailer drivers (OK, off the soap box)

reitmanr -

Thanks for posting.
I think this is a valid post for the simple reason that we need to drive carefully. Other vehicles may not be able to speed up or stop as quickly as the MS.

That said, there are stereotypes associated with some car brands. I think the general intention of the post is that Tesla is up and coming and becoming popular. As a community, you would want to have a good public opinion of Tesla and the drivers. You will always have your rash self-absorbed drivers...but I for one don't want to be associated negatively with the car.

@admjr All vehicles have live animals in them, or are 4 legged animals more worthy of consideration than the two legged kind?


What on Earth is it in people that compels them to attempt to censor and moderate this forum to no end?
The OP's post was consistent with his subject line. So sad that our society is so trigger happy on the PC issue.
If you don't like the message, move on and keep it to yourself. Geez!

@ jtodtman
We were driving back west on I-80 today and we were on the right/slower side of a dual horse trailer.

My wife commented [Look, that horse is looking at us saying: "What kind of car is that?" "Who makes it?"]

Laughed most of the way to the new Fremont SC!

jtodman....Good point. If you ask my wife the four legged kind are more important :) (joking)

I do value human life more than four legged animal life (and I am a vet by profession)....but I have driven a horse trailer before and I assure you that people seem to cut me off more in these vehicles than when I drive a car...and the horse trailer stops much more slowly.

Back to original subject: We should all drive with courtesy to all fellow drivers (even the aholes)

jtodtman -

Some would argue that 4 legged animals and even those with dorsal fins or flippers are equally (or more) valuable and worthy, myself included. Had to chime in...difficult to ignore the post and don't appreciate when humanity thinks of itself as above all other inhabitants of the planet. Animals (other than humans) have been known to save human lives.


An "ordinary hybrid" (or anyone, but Prius owners seem to be among the worst) who thinks he/she owns the left lane and can mandate how fast others can drive is one of the more annoying things on the road.

Thanks for all your inputs. My wife has two legs, my horses have four each and I love them all dearly
I am glad a number of the posts also consider how our young marque is viewed. Mostly I find people are very curious and mostly positive regarding Tesla, the car and the company. I would like to keep it that way.
Heres to happy smiling miles:-)

+1 reitmanr

+2 reitmanr


You might get a ticket in some States. I believe it called lane squandering.

I think this post is fine for this forum but I don't think it's just for Model S or Tesla drivers. I think anyone no matter what kind of car you are driving shouldn't be a jerk.

Don't be a jerk no matter what car you are driving but especially a Model S.

@EMDoc. Did you just finish watching Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home?

The Top Gear guys claim that the fast car on the road is a rental - any rental. But around here my experience is that the fastest car is a Prius. Kinda like Prius drivers think that they need to compensate having an economical by driving like Michael Schumacher. Strange.

On the other hand, maybe there are a lot of Prius rentals around...

+1 reitmanr

Nothing wrong with encouraging us early adopters to be good ambassadors.

I definitely find myself having to restrain the impulse to drive faster, because the car is so capable.

@HGP16 , @Jimsav1998, moorelin

No, I did not feel the right of being in the left lane because I drive a hybrid also. I was in the left lane because I was going at the speed of the traffic flow.

Let me add a bit of details here. Both left and right lanes were going at the same speed. I only allow the 2 seconds rule of a buffer space in front of my vehicle. My Altima hybrid can and have gone beyond 85 very capably. It is a matter of safety to allow some buffer space in front of you.

There's no reason for any idiots to tailgate a vehicle going with the flow of traffic. The only alternative for me was to be another idiot and tailgate the car in front of me and allow the big rig to tailgate me also. What bumbling idiots will do that?

I think the point that some people are missing is that any one is capable of being a giant idiot. I just happen to encounter one in an 18 wheelers.

BTW, I don't show people off when I drive my MS. I give the drivers in front of me even more buffer space so anyone can cut in if they are in a hurry. I LIKE to drive and enjoy my stealth rocket launcher safely.

Agreed. We need to be sure not to put Tesla owners in the same catgeory as Audi or BMW drivers. >:-/


Something similar happened to me the other day while driving the Model S up a 2-lane freeway with a posted speed limit of 55mph.

I got into the left lane to pass some cars and, as is often my habit, stayed in that lane after overtaking them. Not long after that, a pickup appeared and started to tailgate me.

Instinctively I did the following. I assumed since he was driving a pickup, he was most likely a) a redneck or b) Republican or c) just someone with a chip on his shoulder who hates expensive green cars and so I stubbornly stayed at about 70mph on the left lane.

Now unfortunately for me, I had my wife in the passenger seat, and she is my better half, the good angel, my speed alarm and bad driving detector. She yelled at me to get out of the passing lane allowing that 'idiot' to pass.

I gave way, fumed at this for a while, and of course we argued, but then later when more rational I thought about it. Maybe I was wrong in thinking that this guy was a jerk. Maybe he was in a hurry to get somewhere and was willing to risk a ticket. But to him there was this other jerk taking up the passing lane, refusing to let him overtake. And because his truck was acceleration-challenged, he couldn't pass me safely in the slower lane.

So this is the rule the wife laid down: Always follow the flow-of-traffic, if possible, in the right lane. Only pass if I think I need to pass somebody, and then get back to the slower lane as soon as it's feasible. I think this is also pretty standard in most good driving manuals. It didn't matter if the tailgater is an Obama-hating Republican redneck, just don't be a bigger jerk than he is. And yes, as the other posters here have noted, being proud owners of the best car in the world, we need to try even harder to show what good drivers we are.

Mind you I don't observe this rule as often as I should, and I still feel that there are occasions when it is justified in ignoring. Like if I see a 'jerk' hogging the passing lane, and the road is clear, I'll often just pass them quickly in the slow lane. This does give me a guilty pleasure all the time, all the more so if the other car is a BMW or a similar 'worthy' target.

@Matthew, @Sanjuro

You are both idiots IMO. Left lane is to pass. If you are in the left and someone is going to slow in the left, then you flash your lights until they move over, then you overtake and get back over. The truck driver had every right to tailgate you Matthew to get you to move over.

and Sanjuro, you decided to be an asshole in the left lane just because you don't like pickup drivers and automatically label them rednecks or republicans. Yes, you finally moved over because your wife isn't an idiot, but in this case YOU were the idiot, not the pickup driver.

IMO, get your heads out of your ass and drive responsibly like the Thread headline says :)

Just my $0.02.

@ cloroxbb,

Nobody, NOBODY has a "right to tailgate" anyone. If there is a slow vehicle in the left lane, then keep a safe distance behind the slow vehicle. If your personality does not allow for that, change lanes. But tailgating is dangerous, illegal and not an appropriate way to make a statement. Flash your lights from a safe distance.

If someone tailgates you, do not engage in the same form of behavior by slowing down or tapping your brake. Just don't engage the idiot and move over if you can. If it is not safe to move over, or the driver continues harassing you, call mobile 911 and report the driver immediately. Engaging in dangerous behavior on the road simply to communicate your disapproval to another driver is never appropriate.