Drivers give thumbs down to hitch-hikers
Published 10/08/2011 | 05:00
THE road has become a lonely place for the once-ubiquitous hitch-hiker.
As many as 91pc of drivers now say they would be unlikely to stop and offer a free ride to a stranger.
That is up from 75pc just two years ago, according to a new AA survey.
The rise of cut-price coach travel, expanding car ownership and the dangers that go with being picked up by a stranger have been blamed for giving a thumbs down to a free and easy way of getting around.
Only one in 100 drivers say they would be very likely to stop and offer a free lift, according to the poll of more than 16,000 motorists.
Edmund King, the president of the AA, said hitch-hiking had "reached the end of the road".
More than nine-in-10 (93pc) of 18 to 24 year olds have never tried hitch-hiking, but more than half of 48 to 65 year olds said they had.