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A recent report by the National Roads and Motorists’ Association has found that high-speed driving is not nearly as cool unless you flop your sloppy pale arm out the window while doing it.
In a report commissioned in 2014 by former NRMA chairman and former Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey, researchers have concluded that the ‘arm-hang’ is key to signifying you are king of the road.
“I was always interested in this particularl element of motorist culture” said the great man, Toovs.
“As is the only member-owned mutual organisation offering roadside assistance, motoring advice, car servicing, International Driving Permits, travel and other services in NSW and the ACT – this report was key to figuring out who actually is king of the road”
Lead researcher, Brock Lowndes says the study including interviews with over 2000 arm-hangers, most of which were Holden Commodore or Monaro drivers.
“We learnt many things about these highway big dogs” said Professor Lownes.
“They are occasionally Ford driver too, but rarely”
Another interesting revelation throughout the report was the recurring ‘King’s Tan’ – identified as unsymmetrical sun burn or weathered skin on the right arm of the drivers.
“The King’s Tan is only something that happens to you if you are the King Of The Road” said the researcher.
“Or if you are a truckie”