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Road trip: Hitch-hiking from Preston to Glasgow

18 October 2012 Last updated at 07:16 BST

Hitch-hiking is frowned on by some people because of safety concerns - but at a time when many are having to tighten their belts, could catching a free ride regain some of its appeal?

Simon Calder took a road trip from Preston to Glasgow to decide whether hitch-hiking in modern Britain should be given the thumbs up.