Talk:Hitchhiker's safety

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There is a very good article about then safety while hitchhiking from Bernd Wechner: Maybe we should link it here. Unfortunately I couldn't find the report from the BKA that Bernds article is based on. Anyone has a copy? --MrTweek 13:32, 22 June 2007 (CEST)

No copy here. That study is still available in some specialized libraries in Germany and Belgium. It's nice enough to know it exists, owning does not really make my life better. --Fverhart 14:40, 22 June 2007 (CEST)

There is another study from the 70s from california: --MrTweek 14:20, 25 June 2007 (CEST)

I have both of them, and I webified the entire California one - It's in Bernd's hands now to be put on his website. If you're still looking for any of them, just drop me a line. --Perilisk 20:42, 8 January 2010 (UTC)


I started a video on my user page called how to hitch hike safely - you are all welcome to contribute to it, as it could be a good supplement to the article. IdoSet 09:16, 2 July 2008 (CEST)

I added it to the article - you are welcome to contribute. IdoSet 15:56, 27 July 2008 (CEST)

Pepper Spray, CS Gas

I do not agree with pepper spray. If you spray it in the closed car, it will affect you too. I think it just make things worse. Mirto

I was told about pepper foam by a driver once as an counter-argument for my defense for not having pepperspray. The foam would have the advantage not to be so volatile in a closed environment such as a car, but I have no experience in the matter. He recommended using >10,000 BTU foam.
Good to know: Using pepperspray (or foam) as a defense against humans is illegal in many countries (in the UK even simple posession is not legal, apparently). For this reason, defensive gases used are usually CS Spray, a tear gas that can sadly not be used in a foam form. More on Wikipedia: Pepper Spray and CS Gas --Perilisk 20:42, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
CS can also come as a gel or foam, which would be safer to use inside of a car. --Kb 14:24, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

Safety in extreme climates

This page covers the perceived danger from other humans. How about creating separate pages which deal with extreme climates, such as hitching in the extreme cold in Winter - eg Russia, Northern China, Canada, Scandinavia? There must be people on this site who are well aware of how to protect themselves when stuck outside in this weather. Topics might include sleeping outside, warming up, how to set up camp. What to buy beforehand to prepare for this. Similarly, another page detailing hitching in very hot conditions, like in the desert, would be very helpful.--haggismn 18:47, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Not trying to discourage you, but have you seen this page: Winter? I think this article and your new one should be merged since it's nearly the same issue. By the way: Thumbs up for all your contributions in the last days! --Kb 23:24, 31 October 2011 (CET)