quite common when you are in the middle of nowhere and you need a ride. You
would rather take the risk and ask for help from passersby than get stuck
there. Before you join with anyone who offers a ride, you need to be cautious, especially
for women. You need to ensure your safety and prevent anyone from
potentially hurting you.
nearest gas station
If there is a
gas station nearby, you can go there and wait until someone comes along and
refills their tank. You can at least have the gas station staff remember the
plate number or face of the driver you went with if you decide to take a ride.
In small towns where people know each other, you can count on the local staff
if you are told that the person is trustworthy should
you decide to hitchhike.
Look for cars
that are going slow
When the car is
driving slowly, you will at least have the chance to see if the person behind
the wheels is trustworthy. You will also know if that person is with someone
else. Look for an uphill road since it naturally slows the cars down.
Find a spot
where cars can safely pull aside
You also need a spot
where it would be easy for the car to pull up without causing traffic jam. You
do not want to get into an accident or cause one just because you are asking
for help. However, in the middle of nowhere, traffic is the least of your
Use a sign
Some drivers are
going too fast and they might not see that you are asking for a ride. You can
use a sign so that even from afar, the driver will already know that you need a
ride. It increases the
chances of someone picking you up and bringing you along with them.
You can also specify where you are heading to give the driver enough time to
decide before pulling up.
Yes, being in
your situation is stressful. However, you still need to appear
nice and friendly. You want to ensure that the driver will trust you
and let you into the vehicle. Although it is difficult for you to trust a
stranger, you need to understand that these motorists also feel the same. If
you do not seem trustworthy, they would not mind leaving you to fend for
Offer to pay
When you are
heading in a direction which is out of the way or quite far from where you are
now, the person might hesitate to take you. The best option is to tell the
driver to bring you somewhere in the area where you can get another ride to
your final destination. If you need a ride until you reach your place, you can offer
to pay gas.
Once you got
someone to say yes to take you, it is important for you to say thank you. Get
the contact number and stay in touch even after you arrive home. It could lead
to a lifelong friendship. Stay at the backseat during the ride if you do not
fully trust the driver so that you can escape if something goes wrong. You can
only hope for the best under these circumstances.
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