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Petrol station hitchhiking

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'''Petrol station [[hitchhiking]]''' , as well as hitchhiking on [[rest area|service stations]] in general, is especially a great way to travel for free in countries where there it's not allowed to hitchhike hitchhiking on highways is forbidden. It generally works best if the high-way and where there are enough but not too many gas number of petrol stations on the a highwayis around 1-2 per 100-150 km ''(?)''. At On most gas petrol stations everyone is mostly you can easily find cars going your direction, though although you have to be aware of high-way crossinghighway splits, too.
[[Germany]] Sometimes it can be useful to get in touch with people who work on a petrol station. Asking drivers directly instead of waiting for the car at the area's exit is especially a good for thisway to catch a ride. [[France]] It is recommended that female hitchhikers first ask the male driver(s) where he (they) is less appropriate(are) going to, since it has an even higher occurrence instead of gas stationsrevealing one's own destination in a question to the driver, thus so that during the conversation it would become clear if it is safe or not to go with relatively less cars per gas stationthat driver, and if it feels risky, one can pretend not going the same direction.
[[ImageFile:AutohofMasaru.pngjpg|thumb|200pxleft|right|Avoid these ones, most of the timeMasaru hitchhiking at a petrol station]]In Germany Starting a conversation will give drivers more chances to look at you should possibly avoid as a person. It is less likely then that their answer will be negative if the "Autohofs", theydirection of yours and the driver're not great, since there is no clear directions destinations matches.
It can be useful to connect to the people who work at the gas station. It makes it less likely that they will send you away.==== Country Commentary ====
[[Germany]] is especially good for this. In [[ItalyFrance]] you have to be careful. It's illegal to hitchhike on the ''autostrada'', it's a bit unclear if it's illegal on works slightly worse (even though still good enough) because of the gas higher number of petrol stations on the highway as wellper given distance, thus relatively less cars per petrol station.
[[File:Autohof.png|thumb|200px|right|In general, avoid so called ''Autohof''s when in [[Germany]] - these are <!-- truck stops --> located further from the Autobahn, and you can loose quite some time while waiting for a ride there.]]
When in Germany, it is generally recommended to avoid the so called ''Autohofs'' which usually are not great for hitching a ride mostly because they are not located directly on the Autobahn and it is hard to get a ride from there in exact direction of where you are heading to.
''Autobahnraststätte'' is totally different: There you find both a petrol station and a restaurant for all sorts of people who need a break - an excellent place! You should pack a map with all service areas and study it. Alternatively you can download a [[categoryhttp:Browse]// pdf here]with all service areas and onramps on it and combine it with your smartphone.
In [[Italy]] you have to be careful: it is illegal to hitchhike on the ''Autostrada'', and it is a bit unclear if it is illegal to do so on the ''[[Area Servizio]]''s (petrol stations with restaurant on the ''Autostrada''), but in all the years he's been using them (1991-2012), [[User:Prino|Prino]] has never ever encountered problems on them. In [[The Netherlands]] Shell has the policy to ask hitch-hikers on their service stations on the motorway to stand behind the services or next to the building. The same is applied by some of the BP petrol stations in the west of the Netherlands. It is just better not to try to talk with everybody!  [[Category:Practical info]][[Category:Gas stations]] [[de:TankstellenTankstelle]]
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