It is worth pausing to think about personal safety before you put yourself at risk by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The following points may help:
If you hitch hike that you have to take the driver and any other people who may be in the vehicle on trust (as they have to take you). You put yourself at risk of attack and you may be in an uninsured vehicle with no compensation in the event of an accident. Is it worth the risk?
If you decide to take the chance, go with a friend, keep on busy roads and have some spare money for fares, meals and accommodation, in case you are out of luck with lifts. If you are planning to hitch hike abroad make sure it is not illegal.
On country roads walk on the right, close to the edge of the road. Be especially careful near bends. Wear white or bright colours to help drivers see you. Donít go alone on hills and mountains. Tell someone where you are going.
Let them know when you get back. Always have strong shoes or boots, warm waterproof clothing, a map, compass and food. For further information on safety in outdoor pursuits, contact your local Youth Office and do some appropriate training.
Before you undertake any potentially dangerous outdoor pursuits make sure you have had the appropriate training yourself or that you are in the hands of competent and qualified instructors.
In Towns and Cities
Donít wander around places on your own, at night in particular, if you are on unfamiliar territory. It is also worth keeping sufficient money back for emergencies eg. getting a taxi home if you are out late on your own. Be streetwise!