Hitchhiking is often seen as a convenient and free means of transport. Hitchhiking (also known as thumbing, hitching, or auto-stop, or taking a lift) is a means of transportation that is gained by asking people, usually strangers, for a ride in their automobile or other vehicle. A ride is usually, but not always, free.
Because of its visible benefits many people habitually hitch-hike. They not only support but they also encourage youngsters and children to hitch-hike. As a result, school kids, youngsters and middle aged women thumbing the two-wheelers has become a common sight.
Irrespective of the risks involved with hitch-hiking, it will remain attractive with some people. After all it solves their transport problem for free.
But anyone who supports or practices hitchhiking must be aware of the risks involved. Below are the 4 Serious Risks involved with Hitch Hiking:
- Hitch Hiking with a complete stranger has obvious risks which involve risks such as – Theft, assault and other risks. But there are also the less obvious risks, such as riding with someone with less than required or questionable driving skills. Remember, as a hitch-hiker you cannot regulate the driver to drive responsibly.
- Hitch hiking or helping a hitch-hiker by giving him/her free transport can also mean riding with a criminal, absconder. It can also mean riding on a stolen vehicle. This is one possible dangers of picking up a hitchhiker.
There are other serious dangers of picking up hitchhikers.
Providing a free transport to a hitch-hiker has other serious risks as well. For instance, giving free commute to a school kid in your vehicle can put you into a situation, where you can be accused of assisting, kidnapping, or assaulting a child.
Overall, hitch-hiking has more risks than the possible rewards. It saves money and momentary inconvenience but it can put a person in serious seen and unforeseen risk.
But that doesn’t mean we must not help a child, youngster, woman or anyone faced with some emergency. We must help the person, but there are ways better than transporting them to safety. Remember that helping someone in their emergency means calling their home, informing the police, taking other bystanders into confidence etc.
To conclude, going by the risks involved, hitch hiking is not an advisable means of commute. It must not be encouraged as well. Adults must neither hitch-hike nor encourage kids to practice it. Parents must give adequate money for a child’s commute to and fro from school, tuitions etc.
The best options are public or private means of transport. If these modes are unavailable, then it’s always good to walk the commute. Hitch-hiking is advised only for extreme emergency situations (such as you are in some desolate place from where you need to run out quickly).