I recently took a weekend road trip from Abilene to the Dallas area. As I was driving, one thing caught my eye. The number of Tesla vehicles on the road today is climbing. Owning a Tesla is not just about driving a car; it's a new lifestyle that blends technology and innovation.

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Tesla Magazine has put out a document with key things you should know to make the most out of your Tesla experience. Whether you're a new owner or thinking about becoming one, the points below will help you navigate the essentials of owning a Tesla.

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Charging: Understand your Tesla's charging requirements. Home charging with a Tesla Wall Connector is the most convenient way to go, but Superchargers are your best friend for long trips. Make sure to keep an eye on your battery level and charge regularly.

Software Updates: Teslas get better over time with over-the-air software updates. Just make sure your car is connected to Wi-Fi for updates that bring new features and improvements.

Autopilot: Familiarize yourself with Autopilot, Tesla's advanced driver-assistance system. Always stay alert and ready to take control as this feature is an aid, not a replacement for a driver.

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Mobile App: The Tesla mobile app is a game-changer. You can use it for keyless driving, climate control settings, tracking your car’s charging progress, and more.

Maintenance: Teslas require less maintenance than gas cars, but don't forget about tire rotations, brake fluid checks, and other basic upkeep.

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Community and Support: Join the Tesla community. There are forums, social media groups, and clubs that are great resources for Tesla tips and tricks.

The Tesla lifestyle is about more than just driving an electric vehicle; it's being part of a group that's speeding into the future of transportation. Explore, experiment, and take time to enjoy the ride.

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