Yes, understandable. But, do piles of small gravel, mud, etc not significantly decrease the margin for which over braking/steering/acceleration? Who was to know that there's STILL piles of ashes laying around the road? It causes more risk than there should be, especially when it should've been cleared from the roads after it's purpose was lost (no snow or ice in the past three weeks, no need for it).
So yes, while it was technically our faults, who's to blame for bad road conditions when they should be good?
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So, whoever is in charge of the roads in the USA is meant to go out and clear the roads the moment the snow melts? Did you not see piles of ashes before
you hit one and went off the road? If you did not then you were not paying attention to road conditions. If you did then you thought you were infallible and were not driving to the conditions.
You are meant to drive at a speed within your ability.
Many years ago there was a burst water mains outside the place I was living. I called the water board to inform them. The water was running down across the road and as it was cold this was rapidly freezing making the road like an ice rink outside my home which was on a corner.
The water was then going down the side of the road like a fast flowing stream before going down a drain.
Everything was white with a frost.
A motorist then skidded and hit the fence taking out about 100 yards of it including two gate posts and the gate.
He had to have seen the water and, instead of thinking "Wonder where that water is coming from, sub zero temperatures might be ice." He continued driving at a speed that was dangerous for the conditions.
Getting behind the steering wheel of a car is like handling a loaded gun and needs full concentration.
Very few people actually do this (me included) but, as you get older and more experienced driving, so you also become safer. That is, until you get up there in years when you can be a danger to everyone!