Tesla has finally started deploying the ‘Request Full Self-Driving Beta’ button to Canada.
Before being allowed to download the software however, you will have to achieve a perfect 100 Tesla Safety Score.
The Safety Score tool measures five driving characteristics:
- Forward Collision Warnings
- Hard Braking
- Aggressive Turning
- Unsafe Following
- Forced Autopilot Disengagements.
Here are some tips to give you the best shot at getting that perfect score, and hopefully download FSD Beta about one week from now.
Autopilot is your best friend when it comes to getting the best Safety Score possible. When your Tesla is doing the driving for you, you can not get any “hits” against your score.
The only caveat with this is you have to pay attention and make sure you don’t get any forced Autopilot Disengagements.
Even though you should always be doing this, remain attentive and keep your hands on the wheel at all times to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Keep Your Distance & Slow Down
When you are manually driving the car, try your best to keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you. This will allow to you use regenerative braking and avoid any unsafe following and hard braking penalties.
Also give yourself lots of time to take a corner. Slow down well in advance (using regenerative braking) to avoid any aggressive turning penalties.
You also want to avoid accelerating quickly. Even though it doesn’t negatively impact your score, it could put you in a situation where you have to brake suddenly.
Pay Attention To Your Surroundings
Along with paying attention while using Autopilot, you also need to pay attention while driving the car manually. Be aware of traffic lights ahead of you and if possible, use the pedestrian countdown timers to know if a light is going to change to red soon.
Stay Away From Heavy Traffic
If you can, avoid driving during rush hour or other situations where there is heavy traffic. People drive unpredictably and can pull in front of you without warning, causing you to either slam on your brakes or get an unsafe following penalty (or both).
If you can, drive on quiet roads or highways late at night with Autopilot engaged for your best chance at getting a perfect score.
How Many Kilometers Do I Need To Drive?
Unfortunately you can’t drive up and down your road to get your 100 Safety Score. According to Tesla, any drive of less than 0.16km will not count towards your score.
Additionally, you have to drive a minimum of 160km over the course of the next 7 days. If you only drive 50km and have a 100 Safety Score, you won’t be eligible to download FSD Beta.
My Score is 100. Now What?
If you have driven more than 160km, and have a perfect score, you have two options.
The first is that you can keep on driving and hope you are able to maintain your score for the rest of the week.
Alternatively, you can park your car and wait, although not everyone can afford to do this for obvious reasons.
It is important to note that even if you do all of the above and have a 100 Safety Score over more than 160km of driving, you still might not get FSD Beta.
Tesla decides who gets it, and if they only have a certain number of recipients they want to send it to, you might not be one of them.
There are still lots of drivers in the US that have had a 100 Safety Score for several months and are still waiting for the download.
Be sure to read Tesla’s list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Safety Score support page.
Good luck this week! If you have any other tips, let us know in the comments below and we will add them to this article.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated the Safety Score is Driver Profile based. This has been removed as while the app shows the different scores for each Drive Profile, the overall Safety Score is based on all profiles. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.