Do you typically carry ID with you when you run, bike, swim, hike, walk, etc?
I would think that a vast majority of people would say they don’t like carrying things when they run. I know I’m not particularly fond of holding things in my hands while I jog down the road.
And, I can’t say it’s ever occurred to me to bring ID with me when I’m hiking or going for a walk.
One day my husband and I were on a training ride and saw another rider sitting on the side of the road in someone’s yard. His bike was about 15 feet away from him, which made it pretty clear he’d been in an accident. Thankfully he did not suffer any head injuries, so he could tell us his wife’s contact information. She quickly came and took him to get his fractured collar bone looked at.
But what if he had been unconscious?
He didn’t carry ID with him. We wouldn’t have had any idea who to contact other than 911. And, we wouldn’t have had any idea about medical conditions, allergies, etc.
That’s where Road ID comes in.
Road ID is a super neat idea some folks in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky came up with to prevent such incidents from occurring. It’s by far the easiest way to carry ID when you exercise.
Basically, a metal plate is created based on the information you choose. Mine has my name, birth year, 3 emergency contact names, phone numbers, and relationship to me, then “no known allergies” and my blood type. Some people put a favorite slogan or mantra to motivate themselves while running.
Then, the metal plate can be worn in a variety of ways – most frequently on bands.
The bands come in several different types so you should be able to find one you like. Road ID has bands that can be worn on the wrist, ankle, or shoes.
They also have plates that fit on the band of your fitness tracker.
They don’t have one for my Garmin Vivoactive, but they do have options for the Garmin Vivofit 2, Vivosmart/Vivosmart HR, Fitbit Alta, Blaze, Flex, Charge, Surge, and Apple Watch. With these you won’t have to wear an additional band, and you can always have it with you.
Each band/plate runs about $20-$30 depending on which one you choose, which is pretty reasonable. Sometimes you can find coupons online as well for a dollar or two off. They are also kind enough to offer 50% Off for First Responders!
There are a few additional uses I think are pretty neat.
Road ID also has options to buy for your pet collar. That way, all the information anyone could need is right there on your dog or cat should they get lost.
Another pretty neat idea I saw is to get Road ID bands for your children. You never know when they might wander off in the mall, grocery store, amusement park, airport, etc.
Then, what if they’re too scared to tell anyone how to contact you?
We all hope we never need anything like this, but it’s always better to be prepared just in case.
Hopefully it’s $20 you spend that you never need!
It’s important to stay active and be healthy, but it’s more important to be safe! Let’s be safe together, and
Let’s Get FIT Together!