If you want to know that your Tesla is in good hands even when you drop it off with the valet, you can enable Tesla’s valet mode, which limits the speed, info, and features available to drivers when you’re not behind the wheel.
Since its introduction in 2015, valet mode has been giving drivers peace of mind when they hand their keys over at the valet station. When enabled, some Tesla driving features are restricted, like speed, acceleration, and autopilot. The owner’s private info is blocked from appearing on the display screen, too.
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What is Tesla valet mode?
If that scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off—you know, the one where the valet takes the prized 1961 Ferrari for a joyride—flashes through your mind every time you hand your keys over, then valet mode may be exactly what you need.
Turning on valet mode restricts Tesla’s system so that it can’t go above 70 mph. It also reduces acceleration by 50% and disables autopilot and ludicrous mode.
Plus, the glove box and trunk automatically lock, and the owner’s personal information is protected. Thanks to Tesla’s forethought, addresses, contacts, and schedules will not appear on the screen.
Valet mode also disables:
- Voice commands
- Smart Summon
- The Upgrades section
- Access to driver profiles
In other words, valet mode keeps your private information and your car safe.
How to turn on Tesla valet mode
There are two ways to turn on valet mode in your Tesla: through the mobile app or in the car itself.
To activate valet mode from the car:
- Go to the display screen and select your profile name
- From the drop-down menu, select “Valet Mode”
- If this is the first time you’ve turned on valet mode, you will need to enter a four-digit PIN (make sure to remember it, you’ll need it to disable the mode!)
- The screen should indicate that valet mode is on and active
If you forgot to enable it before you get out of your car, no worries! You can activate it from the mobile app, as long as the car is parked. Just go to “Security” and select “Valet Mode.”
To turn off valet mode:
- Make sure your car is in park
- Select your profile name
- Select “Valet Mode”
- Enter the same four-digit PIN you created when turning on the mode
To turn valet mode off from the app, go to “Controls” and disable it!
How long can you leave Tesla valet mode on?
You can leave valet mode on for as long as you need. Turning on valet mode will not have an impact on the performance of your car or its ability to charge. That’s good news if you drop your car off anywhere with charging stations! The valet can plug your car in so that it's charging while you’re away.
Which Teslas have valet mode?
Valet mode was first available in 2015 on the Tesla Model S. Since then, the carmaker has included it on the Model 3, X, and Y. You can enable and disable valet mode the same way in all four of the models.
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