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The end of the road for hitch-hikers?

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One in ten drivers of new and used cars are unlikely to stop and pick up a hitch-hiker, according to a new survey.

A Populus poll commissioned by the AA shows that 91 per cent of drivers would not pull over a give a lift to a hitch-hiker.

Surprisingly, this figure has shot up from 75 per cent in the last two years alone.

Only one per cent of drivers said they would be very likely to offer someone a lift, while roughly the same amount admitted to trying it themselves in the past year.

AA president Edmund King says that these results may be a sign that hitch-hiking is dying out.

"Sadly we appear to have reached the end of the road for hitch-hiking … Perhaps cheaper coach travel, growth in car ownership, on-line lift sharing sites and personal safety fears have all contributed to the decline in hitch-hiking," he explained.

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