Young woman calling a car assistance service with her smartphone, her car has broken down
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BOSTON – In an era of white picket fences and manicured lawns, it’s safe to say that many Americans were known for the good relations they had with their neighbors. When they’re just across the yard, and you see them every day, it’s hard to not at least be civil. But maybe life was slower-paced back then, and people had the time to invest in good neighborly relations… because now, as life is busier and faster-paced, it’s getting harder and harder to be a good neighbor, or even take the time to get to know yours. Many Americans, therefore, are not particularly close with their neighbors.  

To find out how neighborly relations are today, Gunther Volvo Cars Daytona Beach, polled 7,404 Americans to discover how many would actually stop and help a neighbor if they saw their car had broken down. 

One in 3 Bay Staters admitted they would NOT stop to help and would drive on by.

We should all be moving to Nebraska if we want to experience the joy of neighborly love, as the survey found that almost all Nebraskans (94%) would stop and help.

The least Samaritan-like drivers are to be found in the Magnolia state. Nearly half of Mississippians – 40% – would look the other way and put their foot on the gas. 

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Interactive map showing how many people across America would not stop to help a neighbor 

More worryingly, the survey also found that 49% said they would be less likely to stop and help a neighbor who’s car had broken down during a snowstorm, although 2 in 3 drivers somewhat conversely said they would be more inclined to pick up a stranger in a snowstorm than a heatwave.

And in a bold move that could really bring some bad karma in the workplace (if not working from home), nearly 1 in 10 respondents said they wouldn’t stop to help a colleague who had broken down (but surely they’d feel compelled to stop if it was the boss!).

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Young woman calling a car assistance service with her smartphone, her car has broken down

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.