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'''Highways''' are essential for [[hitchhiking]] longer distances.
If you need to travel over long destinationsdistances, taking the highway may help a lotwill most likely shorten your travel time, and in some place is almost unavoidable. Most places highway entrances are bad spots, and many are dangeroushitchhiking might be even inevitable. A good way to "hitchhike" This can be done either by thumbing at [[on highway is -ramps]] (entrances) to the highways, or by a practice "of hopping from one [[petrol station hopping": you only stops ]] (or [[service area]] in gas stationsgeneral) to another. Gas stations (or rest areasThe latter one is usually rather recommended, often since the same) are first one can be unpleasant, expose you to the best spot everdangers of over-speeding drivers, because and appear being a hopeless position during the [[night hitchhiking]]; sometimes [[law|legality]] issues can be brought up if you can go directly talk hitchhike after the sign that marks the beginning of the motorway; however, waiting times, compared to people waiting times at the exit of a highway rest area (show them you are nice and smilebut not to a practice of asking a driver directly) and the car is totally stopped. Enjoy, can arguably be lower.
Do realise that in most developed countriesSo, hitchhiking directly on the highway best choice, many hitchers would agree, is forbidden! In rare occasions however, you might be forced to. Keep in mind that it is very unsafe hop from one rest area to another where one can ask for drivers a ride talking to stop on people directly while they refuel their cars, of wandering around the highway, and that your own [[safety]] is also in dangerarea. The [[police]] Some hitchers might force you find it difficult because it requires some ability of being brave and firm when directly contacting an unknown person; some other travelers appear to love this way of hitchhiking probably because it helps to leave the areadevelop a closer contact with a person while socializing (and because it shortens waiting times, but in some cases they just don't careof course).
Exceptions:* In most Western countries thumbing directly on the US state of highway is forbidden. In rare occasions, however, you might be forced to. Keep in mind then that it is very unsafe for the driver to stop on a highway, and that your own [[Oregonsafety]] it's allowed is also in danger. The [[police]] might force you to hitchhike on leave the highwayarea (or even fine you) although in some very rare cases they might have better things to do and leave you alone.
{{stub}}Exceptions (in following locations to stand on a highway is not a crime):* [[Ireland]]* most highways in [[Eastern Europe]] and in countries of former Soviet Union (like [[Lithuania]], [[Latvia]], etc.)* [[Oregon]], [[US]]* ''<small>add more?</small>''
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