Hitching was a popular mode of transport and ppl in the '60s didn't worry about the kinds of scary things that have since made many give hitchhiking a thumbs down. Young adults, hippies, and transients hitched long distances. And kids used their thumbs to get free rides too. Sometimes it was 2 school, or to run away from home. Other times it was to get 2 somewhere a parent refused to take u, or didn't want you to go. Kids also hitched rides for entertainment and to meet new people.