Safely driving in the snow is difficult, but things can be made particularly challenging when pedestrians fail to take into account how long it takes for a car to come to a stop on a slippery and snowy road. Case in point, this near miss that recently happened in Canada.
The video the moment a mother with three children attempt to cross the road while a car is coming their way.
The clip starts with the vehicle traveling down the snow-covered road at 30 km/h (18 mph) when, suddenly, the mother steps out onto the road with two kids by her side and one in her arm. At this moment, the car appears to be roughly 100 feet away from the mother and her kids. If the road conditions were more favorable, the car could have easily slowed down to allow them to cross.
The driver starts braking immediately and eventually manages to stop the car, all while the mother is standing in the middle of the street, seemingly just expecting the car to stop anyway – something that, under those circumstances was not absolutely certain.
Nevertheless, she seems very agitated by the whole thing, clearly shouting at the driver as he comes to a rest. Which, given that he wasn’t speeding, seems a bit too much, although to her defense, anyone behind the wheel must readjust his driving to the conditions on the road and leave a margin for the unexpected.