Older drivers more likely to stop and help those in need

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Older drivers are more likely to stop and help a fellow motorist in need according to a survey, with more than half of all asked saying they would pull over to assist.

In total 66 percent of over 65s saying they would help a stricken car, while only 60 percent of 18-24-year-olds would pull over.

Younger drivers were also most likely to say they definitely wouldn't stop, with 16 percent saying they wouldn't help out, while only 10 percent of over 65s wouldn't stop and assist at a breakdown.

The biggest reason for this appears to be a sense of paranoia that means that 24 percent of motorists are concerned that a breakdown could be a con trick. However, 22 percent also feel that no-one needs help these days as everyone has a mobile phone and should be able to help themselves anyway.

Overall, 61 percent of drivers would stop to help, but this is perhaps predictably split between the sexes, with only 55 percent of women saying they would stop, to 65 percent of men. Both genders say they would only do so if they felt safe doing so.

The likelihood of getting roadside assistance also depends on where you live, with only 58 percent of people in Wales and 59 percent of Londoners saying they wouldn't help, while those in Scotland have more chance of getting a Good Samaritan – as 67 percent would pull over.

Edmund King, AA President, said: "Our poll shows that the 'Good Samaritan' is alive and well and driving along the highways and byways of Britain. On the other hand it is disappointing that almost 40 percent don't feel able to stop.

"It is interesting that older drivers seem much more likely to stop to help other drivers and are three times less likely than younger drivers to wish someone hadn't stopped to help them."