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Published on September 30th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider


How Strong Is The Tesla Model 3 Roof? This Accident Helps To Show Us

September 30th, 2019 by  

How strong is the Model 3 glass roof? Tesla owner Bernie Daigle discovered the answer to this when he tried to avoid a collision with another car that, as you can see in the video below, pulled out in front of him. He managed to avoid the collision with the car, but his Model 3 wound up being put to the ultimate test.

The video shows Daigle just driving down the street in his Model 3 when a car pulls out in front of him. He swerved to the right and crashed into a street sign. The pole fell onto the Model 3 — right onto the glass roof.

One would think that not only would the beautiful roof be destroyed, but that the pole would have fallen right through to hurt the driver and two-year-old passenger. It didn’t. A popular Tesla vlogger from Atlanta, LikeTeslaKim, posted the tweet below asking a very important question: “How strong is a Model3 roof?”

She also pointed out that Daigle and his young child walked away unharmed. Can you imagine — having something as heavy as a street sign pole crash into the roof of your car, and then walking away unharmed?

The Tesla Model 3 has won numerous safety awards. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Model 3 a 5-star rating in 2018. Technically, the Model 3 got the highest rating in history, setting a new record previously set by the Tesla Model S. It also recently got the Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. In Australia, the ANCAP also gave the Model 3 a 5-star safety rating and a perfect score on three out of four of its individual tests.

In Spain, a traffic camera caught an accident with a Tesla Model S and another car. Both were going around 40–50 miles an hour. The driver of the Model S walked away while the other driver did not.

Earlier in 2019, Iceman W uploaded a 3-minute clip of an accident between a Tesla Model 3 and Mack truck. His wife was the driver of the Model 3. She was yielding for an ambulance with its lights and sirens on when the truck rammed into her from behind. Iceman says in the video description that his wife was lucky enough to walk away without any major injuries and that the Model 3 did a really good job of protecting her as much as possible.

Also in 2019, CCTV posted a video on YouTube showing surveillance the moment that a white Tesla ran a red light and crashed into an Infiniti SUV. The people in the SUV were seriously injured and the owner of the Tesla turned himself into police on three counts of reckless driving. The Tesla was driving about 128 miles per hour two seconds before the crash and slowed down to 93 miles per hour at the time of the impact. Autopilot wasn’t engaged. This video shows that, in my opinion, one wouldn’t want to get into an accident with a Tesla. (Or get into an accident at all, actually).

The point in highlighting these accidents is to show you that Teslas are among — or are — the safest cars out there. Yes, the other parties are oftentimes injured in these serious crashes while the Tesla driver is unharmed. Accidents are a sad, yet a common occurrence. Hopefully, as Tesla continues to lead in safety as well as tech, accidents will become fewer over time. At least, that is my hope. 


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is a Baton Rouge artist, gem, and mineral collector, member of the International Gem Society, and a Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter

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