questionswould you stop to help a stranded motorist?

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Not if it's a flat tire... could be a trap.
If there is an accident... absolutely!

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i've helped people in parking lots. but only once for a person on the side of the road. to much risk.

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I'd like to say yes, but there's just a lot of risk these days. In an accident, pretty much certainly. But if I can't definitively say the person legitimately needs help and wont jump me or something, I'm going to be hesitant.

It's a perfect example of a small selection of jerks ruining people's comfort in being good to one another.

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On my last trip up to NorCal there was a car stranded on the side of the road, I turned around because I thought nobody was going to stop for them, by the time I had gotten back there was someone helping them, but they did say they had been trying to get someone for some time. They were very nice and were saying things like "do we really look that threatening? I mean come on we're not killers" anyways I digress, If I have time to help I'll do what I can. Honestly If it was a Mazda customer I'd probably be more inclined to help, just to make the company look better, but I do enjoy helping people when I can. I'm usually on populated roads when I offer help though too,

If it was rural area with 0 cars I'd be less likely to stop.

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Depends on the situation. If there was a reasonable amount of traffic and they looked non-threatening, I probably would. If it was late at night and nobody else around, I'd probably call 911.

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Now that everybody has cell phones, it seems like the need to stop has been minimized, but I ride motorcycles, so I've stopped a number of times for riders stranded at the side of the road.

Funny, I'm more likely to stop for a biker than a driver.

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I use to, but I have broken down a couple of times just to have everyone drive by while I am waving people down. So no, I no longer stop. only if it's an elderly couple or an accident. Other than that, no.

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If shes hot!
No just kidding, I'm a fairly big guy, have my conceled weapons permit, and I have my life right with God. I'm also an acceptiable mechanic, so I go ahead and help if I'm not going to be late to anything important, and my wife is not with me (she is a scaredy cat when it comes to strangers on the side of the road) I like to meet new people and I think the world is a better place when we help others.

Edit: Sounds like a dating game answer

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If I have time I'll stop. Most of the time people have already called for help, though. If I don't have time and it's a deserted stretch of highway, say I-90 through South Dakota, I-80 through Nebraska and Wyoming etc, I will call the nearest Highway Patrol barracks.

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I always stop for women, and occasionally for men. Having been an ASE cert. Master mechanic during my college years, I am inclined to help. I have been that woman stranded with kids, I just always have my tools with me.

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I've helped people in parking lots either in busy shopping areas or at my church (I live nearby so I drive by multiple times a day) and I've helped people in/near my neighborhood who were pushing their car trying to get it into a parking lot. But I'm not comfortable helping people stopped on the side of the road, particularly interstates. I don't know enough about repairing cars to be of much help except for like changing a tire. Plus I'm single and a woman and usually traveling alone. If I had a guy with me and we thought we could do some good, there might be a chance. But, if it's just me, I won't stop unless it's an accident and it looks like I can offer some assistance.

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I was once driving down the turnpike during a snow storm. I saw a vehicle pulled over to the side, so I stopped to see if I could help. The woman in the car started freaking, and thought I was going to kill her or something.
I just called 911, and waited in my car until they arrived. Made me think twice about if I would stop again.

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only if it's a young hot chick. Old chicks scare me.

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As much as I would like to say I would stop, I will not. There is nothing I am going to be able to do for them and there is too much risk in doing so. I can't even jump a car because my car's CPU will need to be reprogrammed (it is some sensor in the CPU that recognizes certain features about the battery and if it goes out of sync the check engine light will come on and I will have to take it to the service shop and have the CPU reset).

However, a few years ago (probably about 3), I was on the side of a deserted road with a friend waiting for some other friends, about three or four people stopped asking if we needed any help.

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I probably have less experience than the person in the problem, so I wont clutter the limited space at the scene.

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As a mid-20s female that often drives alone, I will definitely not stop for a stranded motorist. Most people have cellphones nowadways and I travel where there is some sort of store with a phone within walking distance. If I were in the middle of nowhere and I saw someone that wasn't on their cell phone, I would call the police to check on them.

I will always stop if I see a recent car accident if there isn't a crowd of people already. I'm not helpful with any mechanic-related car problem, so the best thing I can offer is use of my cell phone and the road flares out of my trunk.

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If they look like they need help, yes I'll stop. I've never been stranded longer than a few minutes and I feel the need to pay it forward.

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When I was in high school (late '80s), my buddies and I helped out several people. It was kind of fun to be the antithesis of the stereotype, and felt good to help those in need. Only had one bad experience. I continued to do that into the 90s, but have only rarely helped out since (or even needed to), due to the prevalence of cell phones and roadside assistance programs.

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Define stranded, do you mean am I stopping to change some woman's car tire that she should know how to change herself by simply reading the car's owner manual on a day when it's sunny, clear, and 75 degrees...or do you mean the time I pulled a guy out of an overturned SUV lying on its side with the leaking gas tank?

If weather conditions warrant it I'll help about anyone in-need, but frankly I'm disappointed in the number of people who own and operate cars without knowing how to do something as simple as changing a tire.

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@kristiwsu: So you assume that A) Everybody wants to rape/eat/kill you (order not specific) and B) You don't feel as if you could call the highway patrol to report a stranded vehicle just-in-case they don't have a phone/their phone's battery is dead?

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I saw a car drive off the side of the road and roll over in the ditch right in front of me (going the opposite direction) -- stopped for that (as did a couple of other drivers) -- we ran down the ditch and were able to get the truck door open and sit with the female driver (not hot at all) until the ambulance arrived.
Took 20min out of my schedule (by the time we talked with police officers), but wasn't a big deal -- wasn't really in a hurry, and it felt good to be able to help and definitely would have wanted someone to stop for me if I had done the same.
Typically though, if it's just a flat tire or something like that, I don't bother.
I have jumped cars in the parkinglot though -- typically enough other people around that I'm not worried that they're going to "try something"...

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@xavoc: Unfortunately, I do assume everyone could be a "bad guy" so I won't stop for something vehicle-malfunction related (of course I'd stop for an accident). I'd also help someone in a parking lot or loan strangers my phone if I'm in public, but I'm just not comfortable pulling over and talking to stranger(s) when I'm alone. I've never seen someone pulled over on the side of the road that wasn't on their cell phone, holding their phone, or fixing their own tire, so I've never really thought about calling the state patrol for someone on the side of the road. It's also tough to tell if someone sitting in their car is having vehicle troubles or just doesn't have hands-free and needs to take a call.

Good point, though, and thanks for calling me out. I'll try to stop being so paranoid and be a little more helpful towards those who may need it.

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If there was a serious accident; yes.. if it was a minor thing (flat tire, car broke down, whatever).. hell no.. That's how all those horror/suspense films start out...

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Yeah, I've stopped for a rolled over car, but that's about it. It was a rolled over minivan and one other person had stopped before me. The other car that stopped had two National Guardsmen, one guy in uniform and a female medic. The minivan itself actually had two Cook County Sheriff's officers in it. It was an odd scene, but they were fine. I also had some first aid in the car so I knew that I might've been more useful than others, but apparently not in this case. I've also offered help to people in parking lots I was also in that needed a jump as well. Stopping for a stalled car on the side of the road, though, will be mostly pointless for me. I'm not a mechanic and odds are if there car died while they it was running (obviously not a flat tire), then the car probably has a much more serious problem/needs a part to be replaced.