Who’s more likely to be rescued when their car breaks down, men or women?

PUBLISHED: 15:56 25 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 25 May 2016

Which gender was most likely to be rescued by a passer by?

Which gender was most likely to be rescued by a passer by?


A study suggests the way drivers are dressed and the make of their car can affect other motorists’ decision to help

For anyone left stranded at the side of the road with a broken down car and no breakdown cover, watching other motorists drive by can be a painstaking sight.

But how many of us would actually pull over at the sight of a stranded driver?

Not many according to a new study involving 2000 drivers, 86 per cent of which admitted ignoring broken down motorists, and half of them don’t feel guilty about it.

Women are three times more likely to be rescued from the side of the road, with three quarters of respondents stating they would help a female driver, compared to less than a quarter who would stop for a man.

More than quarter of people wouldn’t stop for a someone dressed casually or scruffily, while nearly 90 per cent of people would stop for someone smartly dressed.

Quentin Wilson, motoring expert, said: “If there is one thing all motorists dread, it’s breaking down.

“In days gone by you might expect a cheerful chap in a Cortina to pull over and help to change your tyre, but according to Nationwide’s FlexPlus research, those days could be a thing of the past.

Dan King, Nationwide’s head of FlexPlus Current Accounts, said: ““With the research suggesting that we may not be able to rely solely on the goodwill of fellow motorists for help, it’s never been more important to have a backup plan if assistance isn’t immediately at hand, whether that be ensuring your car is fully maintained for the journey, making sure your phone is working and the battery is fully charged to taking breakdown cover to give you extra peace of mind.”

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