It has taken a little longer for me to have been made Supreme Ruler of the Universe than (a) I had imagined, and (b) than it should have.
Things would be so much easier for everyone!
The agenda remains pretty much as it always has been - the right lane can never disappear; left-lane bandits go straight to their own special corner of hell without having to die first; electronics manufacturers will have to come up with one plug, one voltage, one polarity - I care not which any of them are, but one of each will do, thank you very much.
They're marginally acceptable in a car with sporty intentions - a Mini, for example.
But for a luxury car intended to provide a comfortable ride - well, at least so far, suspension engineers have been unable to compensate for tire sidewalls which are stiff enough to support the car if the tire loses its air.
Either the ride is unacceptably harsh, and/or they soften the springs to mitigate the effect, which means handling suffers too.
Why do car makers do this?
A spare tire weighs a lot; its elimination results in a fractional improvement in fuel consumption - nowhere big enough that you as an individual customer could ever detect it, but when added up over tens of thousands of cars can help the manufacturer attain government-mandated sales-weighted fuel consumption targets.
A pox on all of their houses.
Governments - drop these stupid targets, raise the price of fuel (I know, I know - but you'll save money in the long run), and let the market sort it out.
Car makers - put a proper spare tire in the car.
Tire makers - give up the whole concept, and let's have cars that ride and handle better.
Now, about that right lane...