Safe and smart hitchhiking

Tips for hitchhikers

Hitchhiking in the Kempen is fun, fast, sustainable and social! And often it is someone you know who picks you up. How cozy and familiar is that? At the same time, you might also find it exciting to bring someone along. That's why we've listed a number of tips on how to give a lift safely and worry-free.

Give a lift with common sense

  • Listen to your instincts, if it doesn't feel right, then just keep driving without stopping.
  • Warn those behind you if you stop to pick up a hitchhiker.
    • Turn on your flashing lights or hazard lights so that people see that you want to stop.
  • Always talk through the window first, then let the hitchhiker get in
    • Always have a chat with the hitchhiker before you get in. This gives you the opportunity to assess the lifter while maintaining a safe distance. At that moment you can look someone in the eye to assess who you have in front of you, but also detect, for example, the smell of alcohol.
  • Have an excuse ready, if necessary. For example, say:
    • That you are sorry, but that it does not fit in with the time, because of an appointment.
    • Or that you made a mistake in the route, you don't pass the hitchhiker's destination after all.
  • Let the people at home know by phone or text that you are taking a hitchhiker with you and that you may be home or at work a little later. The hitchhiker may hear or see this.

Get in and drive away safely

  • Make sure that the hitchhiker can get out easily and that the passenger seat is free of items.
  • Preferably let the hitchhiker board at the front.
    • The hitchhiker can watch and anticipate traffic.
    • The hitchhiker can easily make contact with you as a driver.
    • The lifter has a (better) headrest.
    • The hitchhiker often also has an airbag.
    • The lifter can almost always put on the belt right away.
    • There is no child lock in the front.
  • Do not drive faster than permitted.
    • It is not necessary to drive faster than allowed, hitchhikers are generally not in a hurry.
  • Upon arrival, stop in a safe place to allow the hitchhiker to stop. For example, in a parking lot or at a parking bay.

* Source: Wegwijzer VZW Safe hitchhiking.

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