Donegal drivers ‘most helpful’ - AA

According to a recent survey by AA Ireland, Donegal is the best county in Ireland to break down in! That’s because drivers here are the best ‘Good Samaritans’ and most likely to stop and help someone at the roadside.

According to a recent survey by AA Ireland, Donegal is the best county in Ireland to break down in! That’s because drivers here are the best ‘Good Samaritans’ and most likely to stop and help someone at the roadside.

The results of the survey were published by AA Ireland yesterday. They asked drivers if they would help out or keep driving if they came across a stranded motorist.

The poll question, which specifically hones in on motorists classified as more vulnerable such as a lone female, a parent travelling with children and an elderly motorist, shows that an older driver is most likely to illicit a sympathetic response.

The poll revealed that Donegal drivers are most likely to stop and lend a hand across all categories of drivers featured.

Nationally, 60% of the 12,300 drivers polled by AA Rescue indicated they would stop to assist an older driver whose vehicle had broken down. A figure which increased to 71% among the poll’s male participants.

A high number of respondents overall, 57%, were also willing to help out someone stranded with young children in their car. Again this figure was notably higher among male drivers at 67%.

Overall, 55% of the men polled said they would stop and help a lone female motorist who visibly needed assistance while just 4% of women indicated that they would do the same for a lone male driver.

Chivalry is alive and well in counties Donegal and Kerry, the AA Rescue poll results suggest. At 61% and 59% respectively, a slightly higher percentage of drivers in the two counties than in the remaining twenty four said they’d come to the aid of a damsel in distress so to speak.

One sentiment which emerged several times during the AA Rescue poll was that some men simply wouldn’t be comfortable attending a lone female without another woman present for fear they may be perceived as a threat.

AA Ireland gives tips for staying safe in the event of a breakdown on the website www.aaireland.ie.