(also known as thumbing, hitching, autostop or thumbing up a ride) is a means of transportation that is gained by asking people, usually strangers, for a ride in their automobile or other road vehicle to travel a distance that may either be short or long -- thank you wikipedia I want to hear experiences of anyone who tried to hitchhike or maybe someone who took a hitchhiker? If you haven't tried either, would you be willing to do it? I attempted hitchhiking once when I was stranded in some place with a friend and there was a storm. We found a good soul who took us closer to our destination. I haven't tried it again since. Is it common where you live? Do cars actually stop and pick you up? I think it's risky to do it. I probably would never had done it if I weren't so desperate to get home that time. Maybe I also felt safer because I had someone with me. If I were driving a car, I don't think I would pick up strangers either although sometimes I see them on the street and think of the time I was stranded and hope someone would take them (at the same time hope that they're not criminals who want to trap those who are feeling generous).