The traffic consists mainly of trucks and tourists from the Netherlands. Near big cities there's a lot of local traffic. It's a little harder to get long rides and the waiting times might be slightly higher than average.
Hitchhiking the A61
There are only 7 service areas, most of them in the southern part:
Bedburger Land: South of Mönchengladbach. Quite few traffic here, mostly Dutch tourists.
Peppenhoven: Average size, not too much traffic.
Brohltal: Very big, much traffic.
- Do not get dropped here, when you want to switch to the A48 direction Trier. You should rather go off at Mendig and get a lift on the Bundesstraße via Mayen. This is much faster as there is a lot of traffic.