Hitching is something I’ve done too often mostly out of necessity and also easier transport. Did wait for hours but that’s suspicious New Zealanders for you. Met fascinating characters or plain lonely ones. Have a store of hilarious memories and outrageous stories for sure.
One lady wanted me to mind her hyperactive child while she took my partner off for a quickie. Or when the airport bus didn’t arrive and I had to hitch more than a hundred kilometres with luggage for six months overseas. One guy was so drunk it was safer I drove.
Only met two weirdos and I leaped out of their cars quick when the conversation turned smutty.
But those who have doubts or fears should never try it coz ‘there are moments caught between heart-beats’. As you attract what you put out and trouble will find you no doubt.