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In most cases hitchhiking there is quite easy. Czech Republic is a transit country with a dense traffic on the main roads. Along with the native drivers you can find there many drivers (especially truck drivers) from near-by countries. Local truck drivers are really friendly; young private car drivers often take two hitchhikers at a time, and many experiences show that Czechs understand hitchhiking excellently and often take hitchhikers several kms out of their route just to bring them closer to a better hitchhiking spot or their final destination. That works both for good and bad weather conditions. Older drivers usually speak only Czech, sometimes some Russian and more seldom German. Younger drivers usually have at least basic level of English. There is an assumption that for a young couple or two girls hitchhiking might go easier.
Hitchhiking is not allowed on highways and motorways - see map below. When using motorways for hitchhiking please use gas stations (service stations) where one can ask for a ride. Hitchhikers aren't protected by the driver's insurance. While it is not suggested that one hitchhike on highways or motorways, actual confrontations with police are rare. In the unlikely event that a police car stops, more likely they will explain that hitchhiking is not allowed, and let you go on your way--ticketing is rare. In many of these situations, the best way to cope is to feign ignorance of the rules, and apologize when they say you have broken them.
When hitchhiking on regional roads make sure you are at a spot that is perfectly visible to the drivers - in summertime there are many over-speeding motorcycle drivers.
Thumb up is the common way to hitchhike in Czech Republic. Thumb pointing down or waving the hand as to slow down is especially in the border areas used by the prostitutes along the road to attract their potential customers.
For planned and newly opened highways see http://www.silnice.info/planovana_vystavba_v_CR2.php?file=cz-stavba-2009-2011-v46-EN.pdf
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