London: Hitchhiking has apparently reached the end of the road, with less than 10 percent of drivers likely to stop to pick up someone thumbing for a lift.

A poll of 16,850 AA members showed that numbers who ignore travellers trying to thumb a lift has risen from 75 percent to 91 percent in two years, reported a newspaper.

Just one percent of drivers have hitched themselves in the past year -- and only one percent said they were "very likely" to stop for someone.

The vast majority said they had never hitch-hiked, including 75 percent of females, 93 percent of 18-24 year olds and 88 percent of 25-34 year olds.

Older people were more likely to have hitched at some point in their life, with about half of those aged 55 and over having tried it.

AA president Edmund King, himself a former hitchhiker, said, "Drivers have given the practice the thumbs down. Perhaps cheaper coach travel, growth in car ownership, online lift-sharing sites and safety fears have all contributed to its decline.”

(Agencies)