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Old 15-06-2009   #16
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

To be honest I wouldn't stop and help anyone roadside. Not worth the hassle.

Once though, i was with a few mates in an Asda car park and we noticed this old fella had a puncture on his car. We watched him struggle trying to undo the wheel bolts so we had to help him. In the end his wife came out and thanked us and offered us a discount (she worked there). Got talking to us and asked about what we did (college at the time) and we found out that her grand daughter went to the same college... Unfortunately she didnt offer her instead (the grand daughter!) but we did a good deed and helped an old couple on their way.
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Is it wrong that I would never stop and help a BMW driver?

But yes, normally I would stop. I carry a big bag of tools in the boot just in case I break down, and my car has been solidly reliable. Sod's law I guess. Even with a blowing HG, I was able to carry on to somewhere convenient.

Of my encounters, I went down a dark country road and came across a Vectra with almost complete electrical failure, so the lights were pretty dim. Luckily, I have a torch obsession, so I was able to light up the area pretty well. Went to tow him to safety, but it was a damn automatic, and with no power, it was stuck in 'park'. I know there is a special key you can use to unlock the transmission, but the driver had no idea where that was.

And a Peugeot the other time. Peugeot are complete retards when it comes to putting together a tool kit for the car. The wheel brace was integrated into the back of the scissor jack winder, so there was no chance the guy could get the wheel off. I could put more torque on the bolt with my teeth! I got my 'proper' Fiat wheel brace out and had him moving again in no time.

But still, if I see a broken down BMW, I shout, "You should have bought an Alfa!", and then I drive on...
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

Biker yes, usually run out of fuel or puncture...

Cars no, unless I knew the car and its owner, too many hi-jack scams around these days and what a tit you would look,,,,

Thats why I have Green Flag and others should take responsibility for themselves IMO.
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I'd always stop to help a lady...me being a gentleman and all that
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I've only stopped once to help a lady. I was in slow moving traffic on the M1 and her BMW blew a rad hose. Services were only 3/4 mile up the road. I towed her in and then got told off by Highway Men for doing it! Haven't ever stopped to help out since, and yes, there are too many psycho's out there nowadays, you never know what could happen and help is only a short phone call away for most.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

sometimes you dont know if there stopped for the fun of it or stopped because there is something wrong with their car (unless its obvious... i.e- smoke from the bonnet!)
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I cant tell. The only few times i saw stopped cars i couldnt stop myself because i'm always late for everything!...
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i normally do, me and my mate were in tesco's a couple of months ago and we were in the car park at night time and saw this absoulety amazing girl, pusing a corsa across the car park! we were just like naahhhh got to go over there and help! went over there and she stopped pushing. the next bit was shocking, she had a big boyfriend who was sitting in the car steering! but we'd already comitted by now. he said that the car wouldnt run kept cutting out.popped the bonnett and the alternator belt had snapped. so... out came the jump leads and we got him going and said we'd follow him up the road. it cut out again 200m down the road, and again and again and again. in the end we got him home about 1hour to cover 3miles!
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should have got lass to remove her stockings
or swapped batteries and charged other on your car
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I put no, mainly due to obviously being on the road, i am needing to go somewhere or be somewhere

I also think would no one stop for me? I doubt it, i have been broke down a few times and no one has ever offered to help

Theres also the mentality that you dont know who the person is, they could be anyone, you hear of people being good samaritans and it costing them their life

I think that is more to do with society today though and how its turned out, 40 years ago i bet loads of people stopped and not have to be looking over their shoulders

If we are in a crash situation though its different
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

when my mums offside tyre got a puncher
3 cars stopped
taxi driver
icecream man
and a student
each had somthing to do
this was a 70 mph slip road
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I always stop for Fiat or Alfa owners, and motorbikes. Motorbikes (usually Ducati) nearly always have either run out of fuel (easy fix) or are waiting for green flag etc. I usually have a drink in the car, and most of the time a can of coke cheers them up or cools them down while they wait. Fiat and Alfa owners get special treatment because they are either present, past or potential customers, and normally the problem can be fixed to get back to the garage.
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I fall pretty much into the same category as virtually everybody else in as much as I'd stop to help a biker but probably not a car driver. Last year we passed a motorcyclist pushing his bike along the pavement in almost complelte darkness, and, guessing he'd run out of petrol drove onto the filling station a couple of miles further, bought a spare can, could have done with one anyway, put a gallon in it and drove back to where he was still pushing.

Pulling up I opened the boot and with a warm feeling announced I'd got him a gallon of unleaded.

"What did you do that for?" He asked.

"You've run out of petrol.....haven't you?"

"No, I've got an electrical fault, the lights won't work."

A couple of years ago coming back from the West Country, I was riding along the M56 Sharston By-pass between Manchester Airport and Stockport, when I could see what looked like a really violent thunderstorm up ahead. Realising it was only a couple of miles away, and knowing there was no shelter, pulled up under the next bridge to shelter. As the rain struck an Alfa 156 pulled up and the driver got out to see if I was alright.

Embarassed, I told him it was overheating a bit, not having the heart to tell him the real reason I'd stopped. After a pleasant chat for 5 minutes, he announced he had about another 120 miles to go and would have to get on. As he drove off and the rain started to slacken, I felt really guilty.

Still, I got home without getting wet; or being struck by lightning.
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i normally do, me and my mate were in tesco's a couple of months ago and we were in the car park at night time and saw this absoulety amazing girl, pusing a corsa across the car park! we were just like naahhhh got to go over there and help! went over there and she stopped pushing. the next bit was shocking, she had a big boyfriend who was sitting in the car steering! but we'd already comitted by now. he said that the car wouldnt run kept cutting out.popped the bonnett and the alternator belt had snapped. so... out came the jump leads and we got him going and said we'd follow him up the road. it cut out again 200m down the road, and again and again and again. in the end we got him home about 1hour to cover 3miles!
I suppose it was quite possible that she couldn't drive. Actually they were lucky it cut out every 200m, as the alternator belt usually drives the water pump. About 200m is about as far as it would go without overheaing, unless it was coasting downhill in neutral.

I actually got an Uno 60DS diesel about 15 miles home by a combination of coasting and getting up to speed quickly as being a diesel it didn't actually need any electrical power, unlike my Panda MJ which has electric power steering. Once up to speed, I slipped it into neutral and the little heat generated by the engine ticking over was easily compensted for by the wind passing through the front grille.

Still took best part of an hour though.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I put No.

I pay an annual AA membership that covers me in any car I am in. If people aren't mechanically minded they should get one too.

I can do basic things like jump starts, change a trye etc...... but still wouldn't stop. Its too risky now-a-days and 99% of the time I drive alone. Have only stopped twice and both times it was for my mate Si who had a 1.2 punto sx. Can't drive past a mate regardless of if you can help or not.

I have broken down before (slave cylinder burst) and it took 10 mins for somebody just to stop and help me push my car 20 yards onto a halfords car park. The amount of people who drove past just staring was awful.

Might stop to help somebody change a tyre if the area was built up enough and they were struggling, i.e. old person, woman, or young lad who hasn't been driving long. I wouldn't stop to help a middle aged bloke just becasue he has a clean suit on. Thats his fault, if he is able then he should be doing it himself regardless.
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