Close to half a million UK drivers a year are left stranded on the road after being involved in accidents that leave their cars immobile.
One in eight drivers are also forced to await rescue on a dangerous stretch of road, research by Direct Line has revealed.
The survey, which took into account 2,006 responses by UK adults, also found that 52 per cent of respondents under 35 felt vulnerable following an accident.
Simon Williams, RAC spokesman, said: “Being stranded at the side of a busy road after an accident can be a frightening experience.
“Having attended the scenes of thousands of accidents RAC recovery teams often find motorists and their passengers still in their vehicles on busy roads. We strongly advise everyone in a stricken vehicle to move to a place of safety as quickly and as carefully as possible to avoid the risk of being involved in another incident, unless you are unable to or it would put you in greater danger to do so.”
The survey also revealed that a quarter of drivers had to resort to calling friends or family members to come and rescue them.
Gus Park, head of motor insurance at Direct Line, said: “Being stranded by the roadside can be extremely distressing for the driver and passengers involved, especially after a collision that leaves the vehicle unroadworthy. With a thousand people involved in car accidents every day, the last thing they need is to be left stranded in a vulnerable, or inconvenient location with no means to get to their destination.”
The data also showed that female drivers were more likely to call a partner, while men preferred to contact their insurers first.