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1. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

To chip in on gas if your hitchhiking? I've never done it but I am planning a trip exclusively around it... so I'd like to have some idea of my budget...

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I've never thought of it as being customary to chip in for gas. Usually the driver is giving you a lift out of the goodness of his/her heart. Otherwise just for some company

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

No, it is not considered customary to chip in for the gas. But, my experience has been, depending on the distance you have traveled with a particular person (ie: 10 miles vs. 100 miles), making the offer will be appreciated - though not necessarily accepted. Some of have taken the money, some have not.

If the driver stops for gas while you are with them, offer something then. If they don't accept, I have bought them a soda or cup of coffee (something on that order) to show my appreciation for their kindness. In doing so, I have gotten rides farther than the originally stated drop-off point.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Yes, it's not expected/customary, but you should always offer, at least on longer trips. I'd say that well over 75% have refused anyway.

Isadora has 2 vey good points as well though - if they do stop for gas (unless its obvious they just picked you up to get free gas), offer something. The drink/snack thing is probably even more important. yes its tokenism, but getting them a coffee or bottle of drink or somethink makes you feel like you've given something back, and the driver feel like they are appreciated, and makes things much easier.

I did one hitch of about 100miles in the Uk once. He was really nice, awe had a great conversation, but didn't stop at all. The guy who dropped me off didn't have time (so he said) to have a coffee, and he refused payment. I felt really bad for several days that i'd not been able to give him/do anything for him and his obvious kindness