(Only for Indian roads)
Stand beside the road where vehicles will probably slow down, near a turn, a bump or a gutter.
Your luggage should be kept away from you. Surprise them when they stop.
Judge the character based on the speed before your thumbs goes up. Around 50kmph means family guy, below 80 are youths. 90+ means crazy; don't bother to ask if you are not one of them.
There is a 0.05% chance of getting a lift from a serial killer or a rapist. Determining this is one thing that you will learn only by braving the unknown.
Avoid scooters (the Bajajs' & LML's), Kinetic Luna, Scooty Peps etc.
Never ask for lift in a Tata Nano, it's insulting.
Autos are not meant for hitchhiking.
Make eye contact asap. Some will decline for some genuine reason; appreciate it (don't let the foul words out).
Some won't even respond to you. Don't get disappointed. They are the kind who won't even stop for their dying mother.
Once someone stops get in pleasantly and thank them.
Agree upon the place to get down as soon as you get in.
Some people will be willing to drop you exactly where you want even though they are on a different route. Take full use of them; never let that opportunity go.
Some will be eager to start a conversation with you. But limit your words so that they will concentrate more on wheels than words.
Some will ask the A to Z details of yours; if you refuse to answer they will say the name of the police station they are working. And will ask "Aren't you the son of Mr. Xyz?" Say yes and shut up even if it's wrong.
On no account you should get down until you reach the place agreed upon. They might stop for shopping, or to fill fuel or exchange pleasantries with their friends. The point is to never let the ride go.
On getting down give a compliment which they will never ever forget, like you are the best I have ever come across, you must be a racer, your bike is in great condition etc. It will be a morale booster and creates a good impression about hitchhikers.
If they give their business card accept it but don't share yours unless it'll be of any use to you.
If you hitchhike on a hartal or bandh never take sides of any parties. Just look extremely concerned.
If you are drunk never ask for lift. You won’t even come to know that your head is resting on their shoulder. Eventually either you will throw up or you will be thrown out.
If a hot girl gives lift even without you asking for then accept it. She ain’t ghost & you're gonna be f**kin fine.
If you are not in need of lift then you should get one. Why should everyone have fun?
Of course, all these tips were for guys. Girls just stand anywhere; you will get lift for sure.