Submitted by tommers on May 1, 2013
I've had my Tesla for three months and in that time I've scraped both the mirror and back wheel well backing up my straight driveway. It becomes narrow enough at the gate that I only had about 6" on each side of the mirror (12" now that I recently widened my automatic gate). After all this time, I've yet to find a strategy that seems full proof and doesn't involve making little adjustments every five feet. Most days I make it out in one go, but I'd like to almost never again veer toward the bushes or have to drive forward and then back again like Austin Powers.
What advice do people have specific to the Model S. I don't rely on the backup cam since my mirrors are usually a better gauge, but maybe I should use it more to straighten out (my driveway has straight lines on it that might help). Rear visibility is much worse than my thinner previous car, so I have a harder time gauging where the back of the car is. And my garage is just slightly offset, so I also need to do a little turning before I'm aligned with the driveway, so I can't just drive straight in and reverse without touching the wheel. Any advice would be appreciated because I'm really hoping I can keep driveway scratches down to at least every other year.