Ever since the movie, "The Hitch-hiker", drivers have been anxious about picking up strangers. These strangers are obviously poor and therefore potentially dangerous so I have developed some rules to help elderly hitch-hikers.
- Stand where you can be easily seen and where traffic is slowing down
- Stand near to a pull off or parking space
- An isolated stretch of road is better than a village (more empathy).
- Don't wait outside a pub or one of HM's prisons
- Make eye contact but try not to look like a psychopath
- Carry a small pack, don't carry a chainsaw
- Wave to those who don't stop, they are not necessarily Tories (Republicans if in USA).
- You have greatest chance of a lift in an area that is socio-economically depressed, empathy again, forget the S.E. of England.
Fifteen or twenty cars passed me, One lady driver stopped to apologise, she was going in the opposite direction! Two signalled that they were turning off and of course truck drivers are no longer allowed to pick you up, it's an insurance thing.
A delightful young couple ( they would be if they picked me up ) brought me all the way home in just over half an hour from Salen, I can't do it in that time when I'm driving the truck and I know the road.
Who needs a bus pass? There is obviously a great future for hitch hiking pensioners it could be the Government's next big idea for the elderly.