The age of chivalry is officially dead, a leading tyre maker has said. A survey of male drivers it conducted showed that only just over half said that they would stop and help a woman changing a tyre at the side of the road.
During random testing in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle and Norwich however, this figure was revealed to be nearer to just three per cent of male drivers. Contrary to stereotype, Newcastle men proved to be the most gallant with almost one in six of men stopping to help.
This fell to around one in ten in Birmingham, six per cent in Norwich, three per cent in Cardiff and a shameful zero in Bristol.
Of those surveyed, nearly two thirds of younger people aged 16-24 claimed they would stop to offer help to a stranded female motorist, which is more than any other age group. In reality the most likely to stop were those aged 40 to 50 years, accounting for a third of all offers of assistance.
"Although the exercise was a bit of fun, there is an important underlying safety message for women motorists," says a spokesman for the company.
"If you get into a situation where you need to change a tyre on your car, you cannot always rely on being able to ask for help."