Men drivers: You're all talk

14 July 2006

  • Half of men say they'd help female drivers
  • Just 3% actually helped stranded motorists
  • Read our feature on how to change a tyre


Half of men say they would help a stranded female motorist - but only 3% did when put to the test.

Continental Tyres posted a woman changing a wheel next to the road in five cities around England and Wales and found 97% of male motorists just drove on by.

That's despite 50% of men saying in an earlier survey by the tyre manufacturer that they would stop to help.

Bristol was the least chivalrous of the test sites with none of the 728 male motorists passing the stooge stopping to help. Newcastle posted the best result with 15% of men stopping to see if help was needed.

Continental Tyres said it was important that women should learn how to change a wheel themselves, as they clearly couldn’t rely on other motorists to help them

Click here to see our six-step guide on how to change a wheel if you don't already know how to do it.

What do you think?
Is chivalry dead? Or should women take care of their own motoring problems? We want to know what you think.

Should men stop to help a woman change a wheel? Click here if you're appalled that men didn't stop.

Or should women learn how to change a wheel themselves? Click here if you reckon it's time women got their own hands dirty.

Perhaps you think women already know how to change a wheel? Click here if you think its patronising to suggest they don't.

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