While the acceleration power of the Tesla Model S P85D is impressive and enough to cause some pretty gnarly whiplash, most probably wouldn’t think that this feature can actually help prevent car accidents.
Tesla owner Jason Hughes was driving down Highway 10 in North Carolina when he popped his blinker on and stopped on the single lane road to make a left turn. But before it was safe to cross the opposing lane Hughes noticed a distracted Prius driver (of course) coming up behind him dangerously fast. Thankfully, the road ahead of Hughes was clear so he floored it and was able to use his Tesla’s 691 horsepower to safely escape a rear end collision.
If you focus on the telephone pole’s shadow at the bottom of the screen you can see that Hughes definitely would have been rear ended if he didn’t take action.