Fourteen miles – that’s the best I manage. Fourteen miles without touching the steering wheel or a pedal. Watching the car steer its way down the road is strange. I hover my hands, but the Tesla seems content getting on with things itself. It maintains gaps, waits for slower-moving cars to pull over before accelerating, and generally drives with better discipline than anything else on the road.
I know what you’re thinking – is this legal? Well, there’s nothing in the Highway Code that says you can’t. Rule 150 simply says: “You MUST exercise proper control of your vehicle at all times. Do not rely on driver-assistance systems such as cruise control or lane-departure warnings.” Nothing about keeping hands on the steering wheel or feet on the pedals.
This feature was originally published in the April 2016 issue of Top Gear magazine.
Photography: Richard Pardon