Results for - Hitchhiking

2,612 voters participated in this survey

Hitchhiking, asking strangers for a free ride in their vehicles, was not uncommon in the 1920's and 1930's. Hitchhiking in Canada and the US became a lot less popular since the 1970's.

1. What do you think accounts for the decline in hitchhiking (also known as road begging, thumbing, autostop, and hitching)? Please select all options that apply.

Mistrust of strangers
66%
1,720 votes
It is considered to be dangerous. Concerns about crime
66%
1,713 votes
It is discouraged by police departments.
30%
790 votes
In Canada, several highways have restrictions on hitchhiking, particularly in British Columbia and Ontario.
16%
428 votes
It is illegal in some states (Delaware, New Jersey, Nevada, Idaho, Utah) to hitchhike.
18%
474 votes
More people own cars.
21%
540 votes
Cost of travel by plane is lower.
4%
109 votes
People are less adventurous.
19%
487 votes
Other
2%
62 votes
N/A
15%
379 votes

2. Have you heard of Distal Hyperextensibility? Please select all options that apply.

Yes, that's the medical term for "Hitchhiker's Thumb".
6%
165 votes
Yes, it's a harmless condition in which people can bend back their thumbs with greater flexibility than most, beyond the normal range of motion.
10%
249 votes
I have heard of DH, but don't know what it is.
5%
131 votes
I never heard of DH or "Hitchhiker's Thumb".
39%
1,003 votes
I'm thumbing my nose at this question.
6%
168 votes
N/A
38%
993 votes

3. Did you ever hitchhike? Please select all options that apply.

Yes, and I still do.
2%
40 votes
Yes, many times
9%
223 votes
Yes, occasionally
8%
219 votes
Yes, once or twice
17%
429 votes
No, never
35%
922 votes
I never had the need or opportunity to hitchhike.
5%
138 votes
No, I would not even CONSIDER hitchhiking.
18%
459 votes
N/A
14%
351 votes

4. Have you ever picked up a hitchhiker? Please select all options that apply.

Yes, and I still do
2%
63 votes
Yes, many times
4%
106 votes
Yes, occasionally
8%
218 votes
Yes, once or twice
18%
480 votes
No, never
41%
1,058 votes
I never had the opportunity to pick up a hitchhiker.
2%
56 votes
I would not even CONSIDER picking up a hitchhiker.
10%
264 votes
I never had a car or truck.
1%
30 votes
I don't drive.
5%
127 votes
N/A
14%
374 votes

5. Have you ever had an especially bad hitchhiking experience as a driver or hitchhiker? Please select all options that apply. I'd welcome reading your story in the Comments section.

No, I never hitchhiked or picked up a hitchhiker.
21%
542 votes
No, I had no bad experiences picking up a hitchhiker.
17%
453 votes
No, I had no bad experiences thumbing a ride.
15%
378 votes
Yes, I had at least one bad experience after picking up a hitchhiker.
4%
93 votes
Yes, I had at least one bad experience thumbing a ride
6%
159 votes
My experience picking up a hitchhiker was so bad, I won't pick one up again.
1%
33 votes
My experience thumbing a ride was so bad, I won't hitchhike again.
1%
29 votes
Based on my personal experience, nobody should hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.
4%
115 votes
N/A
41%
1,062 votes
01/22/2022 Living 2612 63 By: sylviefb
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