Having worked at a domestic violence and rape crisis center for seven years, I would never recommend picking up hitchhikers. It is highly dangerous as a woman and not much less dangerous as a man. Watch Monster starring Charlize Theron for proof of this; it was based on the true story of a murdering, hitchhiking prostitute. Still, I’ve had a couple of hitchhikers lately convince me there is such a thing as safe hitchhikers; although they don’t follow the conventional thumb rules. They just hop on – rude but cute.