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Petrol station hitchhiking

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'''Petrol station [[hitchhiking]]''', as well as hitchhiking on [[rest area|service stationstations]]s in general, is a great way to travel for free in countries where hitchhiking on highways is forbidden. It generally works best if the number of petrol stations on a highway is around 1-2 per 100-150 km ''(?)''. On most gas petrol stations you can easily find cars going your direction, although you have to be aware of highway 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. In [[France]] it works slightly worse It is recommended that female hitchhikers first ask the male driver(s) where he (they) is (even though still good enoughare) because going to, instead of revealing one's own destination in a question to the higher number of gas stations per given distancedriver, so that during the conversation it would become clear if it is safe or not to go with that driver, and if it feels risky, thus relatively less cars per gas stationone can pretend not going the same direction.
[[ImageFile:AutohofMasaru.pngjpg|thumb|200pxleft|right|In general, avoid so called ''Autohof''s when in [[GermanyMasaru hitchhiking at a petrol station]] - these are truck stops located further from highways, and Starting a conversation will give drivers more chances to look at you can lose quite some time while waiting for as a ride thereperson.]]When in Germany, it It is generally recommended to avoid less likely then that their answer will be negative if the so called ''Autohofs'' which usually are not great for hitching a ride mostly because they are not located directly on highways and it is hard to get a ride from there in exact direction of where you are heading toyours and the driver's destinations matches.
Sometimes it can be useful to get in touch with people who work on a gas station. Asking drivers directly instead of waiting for the car at the area's exit is a good way to catch a ride. It is recommended that female-hitchhikers first ask the male driver(s) where he (they) is (are) going to, instead of revealing one's own destination in a question to the driver, so that during the conversation it would become clear if it is safe or not to go with that driver, and if it feels risky, one can pretend not going the same direction.==== Country Commentary ====
[[ImageGermany]] is especially good for this. In [[France]] it works slightly worse (even though still good enough) because of the higher number of petrol stations per given distance, thus relatively less cars per petrol station. [[File:MasaruAutohof.jpgpng|thumb|left200px|Masaru hitchhiking at 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 gas stationride there.]]Starting When in Germany, it is generally recommended to avoid the so called ''Autohofs'' which usually are not great for hitching a conversation will give drivers more chances ride mostly because they are not located directly on the Autobahn and it is hard to look at get a ride from there in exact direction of where you as are heading to. ''Autobahnraststätte'' is totally different: There you find both a personpetrol 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 [http://autobahnatlas-online.de/index_e. It html 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 less likely then that their answer will be negative 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 direction of yours and ''Autostrada''), but in all the driveryears he's destinations matchesbeen using them (1991-2012), [[User:Prino|Prino]] has never ever encountered problems on them.
In [[ItalyThe Netherlands]] you have Shell has the policy to be careful: it is illegal ask hitch-hikers on their service stations on the motorway to stand behind the services or next to hitchhike on so called ''autostrada'', although it the building. The same is a bit unclear if it applied by some of the BP petrol stations in the west of the Netherlands. It is illegal just better not to try to do that on ''autostrada'' gas stations as well.talk with everybody!
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