For an fast and easy hitchhike trip you should follow a few useful hints before you start your journey. While hitchhiking, there are two fundamental locations, which are the most important ones on your trip: the city you will start in and the intermediate spots, which are most likely, at least in western Europe, petrol stations on the motorways. For both there are a few factors which you can influence to shorten your waiting time. Not only do you want to be fast to win the race, but you should also care about your safety! Read through carefully, some of those could be considered as golden rules or commandments!

If you want to dig further, internet offers plenty of information. Check out for example: Hitchwiki or Wikivoyage.