UK drivers Europe’s “bad Samaritans”
by Gill Montia
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UK drivers are the least likely among European neighbours to help fellow motorists in distress, an AXA survey has found.
The French insurer has labeled Britain a nation of “bad Samaritans” because just 6% of Brits questioned said they would always stop and ask a motorist who has broken down if they need help.
In contrast, 40% of Spanish, 38% of Germans, 21% of Dutch, and 20% of French would step up, and while overall fewer women than men would offer to help, the gender gap is at its greatest in the UK.
Natural reserve may be partly to blame as if asked to help push start a car, 28% of Brits said they would respond positively although compared to other nationalities, the proportion is still low with 66% of Germans, 62% of Spanish, and 52% of Dutch and French prepared to roll up their sleeves.
A similar pattern emerges if a car break-in looks to be in progress: 83% of Brits would call the police compared with 97% of Spanish, 95% of Germans, 91% of Dutch, and 87% of French.
However, when it comes to providing cash for a motorist in distress the figures level out, with just 4% of Brits and Germans, 3% of Spanish and French, and 2% of Dutch happy to hand over petrol money to get a fellow motorist moving.