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Old 29-09-2010   #91
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

If it was a simple issue, then I would help an elderly person or lone driver with children. But generally I wouldnt. A crash situation speaks for itself, if your one of the first, then you do what you can.

When I flipped the Corsa on its roof in the snow back in January, on the A1 just north of Morpeth, I was fortunate enough that some one was close by that phoned for police and ambulance. Not one person that came along that road drove on by without at least seeing if there was any help needed, HGVs, families, students all stopped. So I at least owe 1 person help
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It would really depend on how the car broke down and where im going at the time........... but i have helped a broken down motorist before......me and my mate had to push her car to get it started again....
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I don't know whether I would help someone on the side of the road... probably not as has already been mentioned, its just too risky these days.

However the number of customers we've had in at work that have left and not been able to get their car started is staggering, and I'd always go and help them. To date...
2x bad starter solenoids.... started with hammer on the solenoid or bump start.
1x bad starter solenoid connection... wiggled it about till it engaged.
1x autobox fault (citroen refusing so start because it thought it was in drive... recovery)
1x bad battery not holding enough charge... bump started
1x ECU Fault? Completely dead engine... AA came, and even he didnt have a clue.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

Me and my partner helped a old man out not so long ago. He had broken down on a long fast A road and was sitting there blocking traffic. We pasted him and turned around to go back and help.

TBH I'm glad we did as his car wouldn't start so me and my missus pushed him onto the grass verge and then I had to ring his brake down recovery for him as his phone had just died. While we were doing this a policeman went past the other way and turned around to come help/slow traffic down. The poor old chap was very thankful for the help and even the copper said thanks O.o Twas fun =D
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Some people have said I'm not the most approachable person being 6 feet 2 inches tall, 17 stone, bald head, gold teeth and tatoo's, but I still stop if someone looks like they need help. I smile, introduce myself and ask if I can help in anyway. I may look like the stereotypical thug you see in most movies but I don't act like them. I was brought up to have good manners and to help my fellow man(or women) if I can. Its a pity society and its fundimental values like "trust" has changed for the worst. Its so bad that most people quickly drive staight past other road users when they are in obvious need of help. I know there are idiots out there that would take advantage of a persons trust but I for one will not them change the values given to me by my parents and grand parents so of course I voted YES
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I've never stopped for anyone broken down, not because I'm an evil man, just because the route to work never has any safe spots to stop and help..

I did however stop recently after an accident. I happened to look in the rear view just in time to see a 60mph Pug 106 shaped blur fly off the road and into a tree.

I stamped the brakes on, turned around and went to make sure the occupants (5 very pretty 16-19 year old girls) were ok before dialing 999.

Luckily they did it directly outside of a care home so the staff came out with First Aid boxes and stuff.. 2 Ambulances and 3 Police cars arrived in the end, I was an hour late for work but got paid for it so all was good!
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I voted yes, but with a caveat: only in 'unusual' circumstances.

For example, last winter when it snowed a LOT it took me 7 hours to get home when it normally takes half hour (due to the snow and subsequent traffic).

As the queue i was in started moving a little better i drove passed a guy who had skidded into the side of the road. He looked clueless so I pulled over and told him to gun the engine whilst I pushed the front of his car (to pivot him on the spot). Once he was facing the right way he carried on home after thanking me quite a bit.

However, this was in an 'unusual' circumstance. You hear so many reports of thieves targeting friendly motorist by pretending to break down that I wouldn't recommend helping people. Most people have breakdown cover. If they don't, they can phone a friend.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

was helping many people last winter additional equipment in the fronty over the winter.
  • towrope
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towed many a car out of the snow
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I live on a busy road and have helped people who have broken down outside a few times, two of them needed water for the rad and one had a flat. I would like to think that I would stop for someone but as a female driving alone I would be cautious. A few months ago I had a flat on the way back from my sons wedding, November -18 degrees in Cardiff and snowing. We live in London, I had been up since 5am and driven all the way there and all the way back. It was 11.30pm and the front tyre blew out three miles from my house on the way home. I am so thankful that didnt happen when I was on the M4 doing 100mph.


Anyway there were four of us, we were all knackered and freezing and none of us were dressed for wrestling with a filthy wheel in the snow - and none of us could get the wheel nuts loose. The AA said they would be there in an hour. A complete stranger walked past and asked what was wrong, he then took over and didnt just loosen the nuts but changed the whole wheel, I was SO grateful and we all threw cash at him.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I towed an OAP in a Fiesta with a burnt out clutch off of a dangerous part of the A12 about 3-4 weeks ago.

Was great fun, I was first to stop and assist, then her friend came, shortly followed by the police who done a complete lane closure.

Her friend in his 4x4 said I'll tow it, I've a towbar, but he nor the police office had equipment, so out came my towing bar, hooked it upto my towbar and front of the fiesta and towed it with a police escourt. Was great fun with the blue flashing lights.

Then got it into the layby and AA decided to turn up
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

i helped a lady and her daughter change a tire once and they were very grateful and i enjoyed doing it

in the snow last time i drove past a crash which had recently happened so i stopped seeing as my house was just down the road and i'm trained in first aid to see if there was anything i could do one guy was still quite shaken up and just said thanks for stopping everyones okay, the other guy asked why i had stopped and what did i think i could do to help them

i turned round and said that im trained in first aid, i live in this village and my house is just down the road if we needed anything but coz of your attitude im just going to go home and have a nice hot cup of tea

and drove off in my punto with no problems look on his face was priceless
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i helped a lady and her daughter change a tire once and they were very grateful and i enjoyed doing it

in the snow last time i drove past a crash which had recently happened so i stopped seeing as my house was just down the road and i'm trained in first aid to see if there was anything i could do one guy was still quite shaken up and just said thanks for stopping everyones okay, the other guy asked why i had stopped and what did i think i could do to help them

i turned round and said that im trained in first aid, i live in this village and my house is just down the road if we needed anything but coz of your attitude im just going to go home and have a nice hot cup of tea

and drove off in my punto with no problems look on his face was priceless


I stopped to check the two people involved in a light crash were alright and had called someone as I was going past and I knew the area well.

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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I stopped after witnessing a light crash, my passenger was saying "GO GO GO, you didn't see anything"

They left it as damage was minor

I wouldn't stop to help a broken down person unless in the middle of no where or if i had somewhere "safe" to stop.
I failed to help a women who had broken down, looked like oil pouring out from under the car, she had a wild dog in the back & a child - i was in a busy road with no where to stop... i was very temped to help[ push the car to the side our of the way of the entrance to a side road but as said - no where to stop and a crazy dog in the car
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

I stopped yesterday to help someone that had broken down, when I say broken down. I mean ran out of fuel about 200m from the pumps, So I parked up my car and started helping them push At least I can say I did my good thing for yesterday

In answer to the thread, I would help a broken down motorist, I have done twice before. They always seem grateful and never expect it from a teenager. If the circumstances were strange, say a woman by herself I would be dubious about helping her in case it's an ambush or chances of her going to the cops on 'rape charges'... God knows, but I hear it happening a lot.
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Re: Would you help a broken down motorist?

as mentioned in previous thread, i used to own several 4x4's, always carried fire extinguishers, jump leads, and towropes/strops.

I always stop for motorists on side of road with hazzards etc. offer use of phone if needed. changed plenty of wheels. even taken an exhaust backbox of a knackered 3 series beemer in the pouring rain.

My way of thinking is if i'm on the side of the road, i expect someone to stop and offer assistance. so i do for them. i've gone out of my way to drive peeps carrying petrol cans back to there cars and waited to make sure it fires up again, towed crashed/broken down cars of a303, moved cars of carriageways to clear roads, and make broken down vehicle safer for other motorists and those broken down. its every motorist duty to make sure someone else is ok.

it helps having official 4x4 response id, as in this day and age people are reluctant to accept help in case you are a rapist/serial killer etc.

so always offer your driving licence as id, and even offer to let them call someone so they can give your details just in case. offering id and the call to a friend/loved one can put single females at ease.

be safe when helping others peeps, don't put yourseves in danger just to aid someone else. self preservation comes first.

and having read above post, call someone you know to inform them of situation, possibly mention to police a vehicle is broken down and you've stopped to aid them, but don't use 999 they don't like it. LOL
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