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Most drivers have had a breakdown of one sort or another over the years. Whether it is a relatively simple, yet embarrassing, matter of running out of fuel or something more serious like the head gasket blowing, nothing says fear and expense like the check engine light coming on.
But what would you do if you saw a stranded motorist on the side of the road? Would you stop and offer assistance even if it was just the loan of a mobile phone the make a call? A recent survey by a motor insurance company has revealed some interesting answers about this difficult situation.
It seems that we are not the helpful nation we think we are as around nine out of every ten drivers polled said that they would not stop to offer assistance. However, this was justified by more than 40 per cent saying that it's safer to leave breakdowns to the professionals.
Almost 15 per cent admitted that they would probably cause more harm than good beneath the bonnet.
"Though it can seem uncaring to carry on driving when you see someone in trouble, it is for the best," said a motor insurance spokesman.
"Motorists should always call their breakdown service provider rather than trying to flag down other drivers. Doing so could be hazardous to themselves and others," he added.