A lot of American states are plagued by potholes. Over the Easter break, one claimed the life of an off-duty Sheriffs Deputy in Indianapolis. In the report, it also reveals he was not wearing a helmet (they are not mandatory in Indiana).
Our roads might not be in such an awful state, in general, but there are still unexpected hazards to contend with. On a recent group ride out, this writer encountered two concrete blocks that had been dropped in the road. Enough to make entries to blind corners an anxious experience.
As Autumn draws on, with fewer hours of full daylight, its worth remembering that the road surface is not guaranteed to be perfect. And that proper riding gear can save lives.