Most hitchhikers will try to converse with you to get to know you, in case they are not talking its good to try to initiate a conversation as they could be tired from all the waiting and walking.
Sometimes you encounter hitchhikers at [[Traffic light hitchhiking|traffic lights]]. If the traffic light is followed by a convenient place to stop it's best to go there. Otherwise you have to [[trust]] on your instinct.
== Motorway on-ramp, bus stops ==
Bus stops are convenient places to stop. Motorway on-ramps can be more tricky, but are similar.
== [[Petrol station hitchhiking|Petrol
Many hitchhikers prefer to ask drivers for rides at petrol stations. This gives both hitchhikers as well as drivers more time to think, chat, and develop a rapport with which they can [[trust]] in one another. Some of the people working at the stations don't like hitchhikers and consider it soliciting so can be rude and may ask them to leave so if you feel like giving them a ride ask them to wait for you out side the gas station until you pick them up.
Hitchhikers are flexible travelers
as when it comes to rides as their main concern is to get to the destination, so they wouldn't mind sitting in the back of a truck, if its allowed for example in [[Missouri]] its allowed to sit in the back of a truck. Ask them if they would be willing to ride in the back if you feel uncomfortable or don't have room to sit or simply leave.
== Stuff ==
== More information ==
* [http://www.digihitch.com/article480.html 'Why do people pick up hitchhikers?']
An article at [http://www.digihitch.com Digihitch ]
* A story written by a driver in the [[United States of America|USA]] and who see hitchhikers every day. He made some rules for himself. For an experienced hitchhiker-traveler they might sound funny, but it gives you a nice look in the mind of someone who picks up hitchhikers on a daily basis. "Every morning and evening, I see people hitchhiking on the 602 to get to Gallup and back." [http://robingallup.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/hitchhikers/ link]
* Stop & Wander, a Girl’s Guide to Picking up Hitchhikers [http://bugbear.wordpress.com/2008/04/23/girls-guide-to-picking-up-hitchhikers]. "When I see someone standing by the side of the road, trying to flag down a ride, I get curious."
* A journey of two months, two french hitchhikers traveled around eastern europe. Easy to translate with Google© [http://howtosayhello.fr/projet/].