We hope this can be useful to those of you who decide to hit the road.
1. Be informed.What is your final destination?
How long does it take to get there?
Know the roads.
2. Plan your journey.If you don't reach your destination in one day, have a backup plan to sleep in a safe place.
3. Safety backups.Make sure someone knows where you are.
4. Quantity matters.
Two is the perfect number for hitchhiking. Being alone can be a little risky, and not every car will have space for three people plus luggage.
5. Don't hitchhike at night.
6. Placement matters.
Some believe that hitchhiking is best done in well populated areas, because more cars go by, and the amount of bystanders will somehow fend off any evil doers.
We believe the opposite. Hitchhiking is most effective in less traveled roads. We suspect people are more willing to pick up someone if they believe that person will have a tough time finding a ride. However, if a lot of cars drive by, most will discard the thought of picking a hitchhiker up by thinking "someone else will do it."
7. Don't get in cars with tinted windows.
8. Check the car for signs.
As soon as you get in, check for things like religious symbols, the driver's clothing, baby seats or anything that might let you know what kind of person has picked you up. Also, the initial conversation is rather revealing.
9. Keep your belongings close and accounted for.
10. Look friendly, be friendly.Be kind, thankful and well mannered, the people who pick you up will be more willing to pick up the next hitchhiker they see if their experience with you is enjoyable.
Drivers are also scared of picking up strangers, so look polished and SMILE A LOT!