As most of my readers probably know, I've been bitten by the running bug. I'm not saying I'm an awesome runner, but I do go run. I ran a race Saturday where the bib number had Road ID on it. Well of course I had to google it to find out what it was. Now I'm throughly convinced everyone that's active and outdoors needs one of these.
When I run I don't always carry an ID, and if God forbid anything happened to me I would want first responders to know who to call and who I was. Also when I'm hunting, or scouting, or out prepping deer plots I don't carry an ID. Granted I am usually on private land with my husband, but for those of you who hunt private land, who knows what you could encounter. One fall from a tree stand, with no ID and it might take hours for your family to be located and notified. Road ID allows you to put your info into a bracelet, or put an ID code and pin number on the bracelet where a passerby, or emergency medical personnel could contact Road ID to get your medical history, allergies, etc. How handy is that?
I know several people who's children have severe allergic reactions to different things. How nice would it be to have a Road ID bracelet with their allergy listed on it, so that teachers, day care workers, or bus drivers might have something to call their attention to if your child was ever having an allergic reaction. Where I grew up teachers were acutely aware of most children's severe allergies because there were only 14 of us in a class, however in a big school I doubt the teacher could remember from one moment to the next. I know I wouldn't be able to.
With the murder of Chris Lane happening right here in my home state it struck a cord with me. I've also had a run in with a few fellows who didn't seem to have the best intentions while I was running, but luckily that incident was avoided thanks to my husband driving to check on me. With Road ID, if I had a medical emergency while running, or an accident occurred people would know who to contact, and who I was. Road ID also has a free iPhone app that allows you to send an "eCrumb" out so your loved ones can track your progress on a run, and it will send a stationary alarm if you are idle for 5 minutes, and don't choose to manually disable the alarm (such as if you were talking with someone). It also allows you to set your lock screen with emergency contacts, which I think is a great idea.
I have always been of the mindset it's easier to be over prepared than under, but the people behind Road ID got it right when they started making these. As a runner, there are so many things that could happen while you are on the road, be it alone or running with a group, and this could help save your life or a loved ones life. For the price of a wristband, I think it is whole heartedly worth it.
*Road ID has no idea who I am, and they did not sponsor this post. It's just something that I think is super handy.
**During hunting season I always have my license on me, but pre-season who knows if I have an ID on me or not. As a hunter you can't take for granted what might happen in the woods.