When you head out for a run or a ride alone, do you carry any ID if needed for an emergency situation?
Years ago there was grit on the road, my front tire lost grip and threw me off my road bike, I hit the road hard. My helmet protected me from the first impact however I sustained a number of injuries such as broken teeth and a fractured arm. It was like being punched in the face by a heavyweight boxer. I was bleeding, disorientated and in shock. I was trying to communicate vital emergency information to passers by that were helping me, but I couldn’t do this effectively.
At the time I had no form of ID for emergencies.
Some time after the accident I ended up making a laminated card with vital details, required in an emergency. Thankfully I haven’t had to use it, but it got very scruffy over time, so I needed something more robust.
I became aware of the Road ID from friends posting about it on social media and I looked into getting one. Essentially it’s a simple device, a wrist strap with a metal ID badge hooked to it. Or it can be a metal ID badge that hooks securely to your existing fitness watch. However the information on it could prove invaluable in an emergency situation.
Why you should get one?
If your training solo it’s not always possible to carry your wallet/purse in addition to a phone, keys, water etc.
The Road ID can list pertinent items in regards to your medical history and emergency contacts, that you want emergency personnel to know such as:
- Preexisting conditions: Autism, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes T1 or T2 etc.
- Note allergies or allergic reactions to medications;
- List any current medications;
- Highlight your emergency contacts;
For the wristband I currently have a pin tuck one, which is similar to the band on an Apple Watch. The other band options are a leather, nylon, silicone etc.
It comes in two width sizes 13 or 19mm.
However if you have an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or Garmin you can attach the metal ID badge to your watches band.
There are also faceplates which you can attach to your shoes. And one that can fit to your pets collar.
Bar it bring a functional item, you can customise your RoadID band by adding different badges as shown below.
To sum up…
From my own experience it’s so important to stay safe whilst your training, and the Road ID does this, for you, your family and friends, by providing vital details in an emergency situation.
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