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View Poll Results: If you saw a broken down car with a driver signaling for help, would you stop?
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Not a chance 2 6.90%
Depends on the area/conditions 21 72.41%
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

Please comment with why/why not if you're comfortable with doing so.
I've done so many times

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Old 12-17-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

Definitely... if I am by myself.

I am always armed so if that broken down driver had bad intentions in mind, well, they'd be in trouble. Anyway I'd hope someone would help me, why not help others too?

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Old 12-17-2012, 11:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

I think this biker was seriously surprised last summer when I stopped. He had been pulled over having a smoke when I went by on the way to the store. Since he was still there when I was heading back about 15 minutes later I stopped to see if his bike had broken down. Turns out he was waiting for his buddies to catch up .
Another time this guy's horse trailer had blown a tire. He didn't have a spare and I didn't have one for his trailer but I borrowed my dads truck and got a barrel of water for his horses. Brought him and his kids some too lol.

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Old 12-18-2012, 12:54 AM   #4
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

Do so all the time. I also stop and give rides to people walking on the side of the road but NOT hitch-hiking.

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Old 12-18-2012, 11:06 AM   #5
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

If I'm by myself, stop all the time. If I have wife and kids in the car, never stop. Why put family at risk, and what am I going to do for someone with a full car anyway.

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Old 12-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #6
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Do so all the time. I also stop and give rides to people walking on the side of the road but NOT hitch-hiking.
I am sure you are armed, and you can read people very well at a glance. IMO Texas is one of the safest places to live today.

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Old 12-30-2012, 04:20 AM   #7
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Yep, I've done it several times, however I'd only do it by myself...

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:13 PM   #8
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

Usually if I'm by myself. Not as often if my wife is with me; it depends on the situation.

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Old 01-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #9
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

Like the others, if I'm by myself. However I won't pull off a freeway to help unless there's a HUGE shoulder and traffic density is low. In town the road assist guys are usually out on Highway 1 anyway and can certainly do a better job than I can.

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Old 10-11-2013, 02:00 AM   #10
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

it depends on the situation sometimes yes,sometimes no,its hard to say until the time comes

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Old 10-11-2013, 10:01 AM   #11
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I dont know, my area is a very bad crime zone, If it was a Saturn broken down maybe or maybe Id throw a quart of oil out the window to the driver and say there you go for another 500 miles LOL

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Old 10-11-2013, 12:58 PM   #12
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

I almost think that we'd be obligated to stop if it was another S series

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Old 10-13-2013, 04:37 PM   #13
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Default Re: POLL:Would you help a broken down driver?

I usually stop to help as long as my kids aren't in the car with me AND I know it's a safe area to drive in. However, my experience in Public Safety has taught me a few tricks to increase safety.

1) When you pull up behind the vehicle, LEAVE AN OUT! I leave about a car-length of distance between me and the "disabled vehicle", park at a 15-degree angle to the vehicle, and turn on my Hazard Warning Lights along with high-beam headlights, pointing them at their side-view mirror. I also turn on my dome light. I make sure my cell phone is with me, along with a small aluminum-bodied LED flashlight - that way, if they try to do something stupid, they'll get blinded right before I use it as a club upside their head or shove it straight into their eye. Always turn the vehicle off, lock the doors, and take the keys with you. Put them in your pocket before exiting the vehicle to avoid the other person knowing what pocket your keys are in.

2) When approaching the vehicle, walk to the passenger's side of the vehicle and make the driver roll down the passenger's side window. This way, you're not within distance of immediately being grabbed if the "person in distress" is intent on harming you. Also, shine your flashlight into the vehicle to look for anyone crouched down attempting to stay out of your view.

3) DO NOT OFFER THE DRIVER A RIDE!!! I don't care if it's just up the street. Offer to call them a cab, or call a family member or friend to pick them up. Make the call for them - do not hand them your phone. Always keep YOUR means of communication with YOU!

4) Always know what's going on around you and maintain eye contact. You can't defend yourself from what you can't see.

5) If, at any time, you feel uneasy or fearful for your safety, it's time to leave. Advise the other driver you'll get help for them, get back in your car, and leave. Then call the local authorities to report the disabled vehicle and incident.


I think there need to be more Good Samaritans out there, but also understand that times have changed, which is why I offer the above advice when dealing with said situations.

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Old 10-13-2013, 08:34 PM   #14
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No, mostly because I don't notice them until I'm long past

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