First Yes, yes it is safe.
Second, stop watching scary movies.
Last year I went around the world by hitchhiking. Over 1000 cars picked me up. I never had a single problem. Everyone picked me up: old people, young people, single women with children, a man with 4 poodles in his car, psychedelic transport trucks, gypsies, communists, scientists, womanizer drunks(I got out about as soon as I got in), police officers (multiple times they gave me rides – they were not arresting me) and everyone you can think of. I loved it and I met a lot of good people, people I still call friends. One man who picked me up has since moved to Cambodia because of the stories I told him about it.
But Eric, you are a man, what about women?
Again Hitchhiking is safe, just as safe for men as it is women. Let me say that you should never travel alone, not because it is unsafe, but because it is boring. Standing on the road side singing works so much better when you have someone to sing too. Also some drivers want you to tell them your life story, if you have two people, you can take turns telling your stories.
Here are few tips for women hitchikers from women hitchhikers.
1. In Italy you will be asked for sex. They will ask you in a casual way “Would you like to make love?” They are not trying to be offensive, they just want to know
“yes” or “no” and take no offense if you decline. If they ask and you don’t feel comfortable just ask for them to let you out.
2.There is a hitchhiking girl, she has traveled solo around much of the world, and has never had an issue. She gets picked up, gets in, sits down, pulls out an apple, then a knife, which a bear would shy away from, then peels her apple and offer a piece to the driver. The driver knows what is up so if he does want to be a problem he might quickly change his mind.
3. As a single woman, families pick you up more often the single men. There could be many reasons to this but if I compete with a single woman in a Hitchhiking race she always gets the best cars and the sweetest drivers.
But Eric, What about what I have seen on the news! It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again!
Seriously people watch too many horror movies and read too much negativity in the news. Bad things do happen but they are amazingly rare. Hitchhiking is not rare. I know Dozens of people who are hitchhiking across the globe now. If you are really afraid here is a tip. Get in the car then text a friend with a plate number. Have them call you every hour to make sure things are ok. Let the driver know what you are doing. They will understand.
Any questions? Did I miss anything?