The paparazzi sometimes drive Britney Spears out of her mind — but the new mom was actually happy they were around when the car she was riding in broke down in the middle of a busy road.

Spears was cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway near her Malibu home in hubby Kevin Federline's Ferrari, her older brother, Bryan, behind the wheel, when the stunning $200,000 sports car suddenly seized and ground to a halt in the middle of speeding traffic.

That's when the army of photographers that trails the 24-year-old day in and day out rode to her rescue.

The fotogs pulled their vehicles to the shoulder and jumped out to help.

Five of the lensmen, with cameras in hand, got behind the Ferrari and pushed it out of traffic as Spears' brother steered.

But they didn't neglect to snap plenty of photos at the same time, some of which show a pouty Spears, in jeans and a halter top, looking like she'd just as soon junk her hubby's car for good.

After the heroic snappers radioed for assistance, a sheriff's vehicle appeared minutes later to whisk the damsel in distress back home.

It's not the first time Federline's car has been in the news.

It was towed last month from the couple's home, raising speculation that Spears was getting rid of it to punish her hubby after the pair had a fight — a rumor the couple denied.