Hidden Operating Space: Your Car and Space Management

Hide and seek is fun game, right? Not so fun when there’s a car involved. Not knowing what could be hiding in the area around your car is dangerous. That’s why it’s important to learn about Hidden Operating Space. Wait whaaa? We’ll explain.

Space Management

Hidden Operating Space refers to the area around your car that’s impossible to see while you’re sitting in the driver’s seat. Think of it as an invisible bubble engulfing your car. Like this:
No, the car is not floating in Jello. That’s the Hidden Operating Space.
No, the car is not floating in Jello. That’s the Hidden Operating Space.

Hidden Operating Space can vary depending on the size of your car. A stretch limo has a biggggg operating space. A smart car has a teensy tiny operating space.

Whether you’re in an SUV or Prius, you need to monitor your Hidden Operating Space while the car is in motion as well as when it’s in park. Here are some things that could be playing hide and seek in your vehicle’s operating space.
  1. Pets and other animals. Don’t hit Mittens! For the love of god don’t hit Mittens.
Silly, Mittens. You can’t drive.
Silly, Mittens. You can’t drive.
  1. Children. Please don’t hit the children.
Oh, you didn’t check your Hidden Operating Space? No smile for you.
Oh, you didn’t check your Hidden Operating Space? No smile for you.
  1. Bikes and toys. Less important, but running over a Super Soaker could do some serious damage to your car (and make your little brother cry).
You ran over my Super Soaker? You monster!!
You ran over my Super Soaker? You monster!!
 

That’s why it’s crucial to look around your car before you get in and start driving. You know ol’ Mittens likes to take his naps in the shade.

Mittens is watching you.
Mittens is watching you.
Make sure to check out the rest of our safe driving videos for more tips to keep you in control on the road!