Drivers 'fail Good Samaritan test'

The majority of drivers are bad at being Good Samaritans when fellow motorists break down, it has been revealed.

Three quarters of people who have broken down received no help from other road users, a poll by Age Concern discovered.

Those in the capital were the most prepared to offer help with those in eastern England the least, the survey of 1,113 drivers from England and Wales found.

The age of those stranded on the side of the road appeared to influence would-be helpers, with 83% of those aged 55 or more who had broken down getting no help, compared with 81% of 18-24 year olds, who did get assistance.

Half of older drivers said they would feel anxious if they broke down and only 3% would be confident that someone would stop to help.

As many as 46% of drivers who broke down in London were helped, with Wales (35%) and north-west England (29%) the next likeliest areas where assistance would be forthcoming. Just 13% of east England drivers who got stranded by the roadside received help.

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