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Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? #4638485
01/18/18 07:55 AM
01/18/18 07:55 AM
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ZZman Offline OP
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I know times can be dangerous and people have cell phones now to call for help. But have you or do you stop to assist others?

I have stopped and jumped people, taken them to a local gas station, changed a flat.

My brother used to stop and pull people out of the ditches in the winter when he had his 4x4.

Last edited by ZZman; 01/18/18 08:01 AM.

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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638488
01/18/18 07:59 AM
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Depends, less now than previously.


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638491
01/18/18 08:00 AM
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I don't think their is a reason to nowadays.


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638504
01/18/18 08:10 AM
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Only if it just happened and I think there might be injuries.


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638515
01/18/18 08:16 AM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Off road yes. In town no. Too many loons.


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638520
01/18/18 08:20 AM
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Depends on how hot she looks

Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638523
01/18/18 08:23 AM
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Two weeks ago I stopped. A lady had a flat tire on a 60mph parkway with no shoulder. She had an infant baby and was totally clueless. I stopped and told her to move her car 200 feet up and turn into a side street before we all get killed. She did and I came and changed her tire. Her tires were the factory tires on a Ď13 Jetta and while they had tread, they were made in 2012 and were rock hard. Turns out the low pressure light was on and she didnít do anything about it. Her dad came by right after I was done and I spoke to him for a bit. His only comment was that they had tread left so he didnít believe anything was wrong with the tires.


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638524
01/18/18 08:23 AM
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Used to do this fairly often, guess it has been a while. Most recently gave jumps to people in a cell lot at Logan airport and at a softball tournament, I always have cables with me. Loudmouth off duty fireman tried to take over at the latter jump and was desperate to move the cable connection such that the batteries were directly in parallel...finally had to tell him to get his GD hands off my vehicle and that he was welcome to put his battery in parallel with the dead one as long as I was a ways away.

Most memorable was stopping to help a high school girl who had dropped a wheel on her dad's car at a concrete cut in a construction site and got a flat as well as some body damage from bottoming out, she was lucky she didn't get stuck in the pit.
A few of us stopped and were able to put the spare on, but she kept asking us to make it so her dad wouldn't notice that anything happened...hard to do given that the spare was on a different type of wheel and the car had body damage. We were supposed to swap the wheel the spare was on and do bodywork on the side of the road?


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638525
01/18/18 08:24 AM
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Have done in the past but not sure would do now with all the crazy stuff happening.

Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: dave123] #4638534
01/18/18 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted By: dave123
Depends on how hot she looks


ROFL!!

I stopped for someone who was half in the ditch on the side of the road in extreme cold to make sure they were ok a month back..i guess watching too many movies has an impact on why we dont help more often..


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638536
01/18/18 08:37 AM
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Depends on who is in the car with me. If Iím going someplace alone or with a friend I will usually stop to help. If the wife and kids are with me I wonít take the risk and I keep on driving. Helped a lot of people over the years and most were decent but I take no chances when my family is with me.


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638538
01/18/18 08:41 AM
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Yes.

A woman with 3 kids in a minivan with flat tire in North Texas about 3 months ago.

Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638544
01/18/18 08:48 AM
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If it's a woman I just assume her bf will be along any minute to help.

Last edited by motor_oil_madman; 01/18/18 08:48 AM.

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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638549
01/18/18 08:52 AM
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I do keep a jump box in the vehicles when I travel and have jumped a few people on occasion, about 3 months ago while in a local HyVee at about 900 AM a young couple mid 20s were having problems staring their Honda CRV it was about a 2005 I think. I Was unable to get it started by jumping and the battery was severely corroded, anyway the female received a call on her cell and they said they would be right back and they seemed very nervous. I waited a bit they never returned and then the police pulled up. Turns out these kids had stolen that vehicle a couple of days earlier. They found the guy hiding out in a big recycle bin nearby and the girl was found a few blocks away. That made me a bit nervous thinking back on it. I probably would have been better off just telling them that had no way to jump their battery. They could have tried to steal my car or get violent, since they were already on the lam who knows what they wold have done when desperate. Usually I carry my side arm , but that morning I did not want to mess with it. That event made me pause and reflect about assisting other drivers.


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Re: Ever stopped to help drivers broken down on road? [Re: ZZman] #4638552
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Saw a young women try to make an exit off the freeway at high speed, lost control and into a shallow ditch. I pulled over, help her get out of car, she was ok, mostly scared, let her use my cell (hers was lost in the car somewhere), she called her family. The next day, I get a Unknown number call on my phone, was her mom thanking me for helping her. This was in a busy part of the city so if I didnít help, someone else would have


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