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Road ID Review: Keep Your Kids Safe

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 | 9 Comments

Most runners are already familiar with Road IDs.  Road IDs are identification gear worn by many runners and other outdoor enthusiasts in the form of bracelets, ankle bracelets, dog tags, or shoe tags.  In the event you are involved in an accident and cannot communicate, the Road ID provides emergency medical services with your identification and medical information.

It is a brilliant product that all runners should use.  Running can be dangerous, especially if running alone.  Accidents happen, and Road IDs provide excellent piece-of-mind.

The purpose of this review isn’t to tout the benefits for runners… most of my audience already uses Road IDs.  I wanted these for another reason- the fear of losing my kids scares me.

As Shelly and I prepare for our grand RV adventure this summer, one lingering fear persisted.  What if we lose track of one of our kids? Three kids can be difficult to track in familiar places, but new, unfamiliar places present an entirely new challenge.  We considered many options to help alleviate those fears, but none were feasible.  Apparently implanting tracking devices under their skin raised too many eyebrows. :-)

At some point, we found a great solution- ankle bracelet Road IDs.  They were unobtrusive so the kids wouldn’t mind wearing them.  We could have important contact information engraved on the identification tab.  If one of them got lost, they could be easily identified and we could be contacted immediately.

Needless to say, this solution has taken a HUGE weight off our chests.

I would imagine this could be an excellent solution for parents if you take children on vacation, frequent crowded places, or have kids that are extraordinarily curious (like our kids.)

Road ID Characteristics

I opted for the ankle bracelets because they would be less noticeable on the children.  I was pleasantly surprised to see they are made of neoprene with a Velcro enclosure… which is exceedingly comfortable.  The actual ID tag is metal.

We opted for the “Interactive IDs”, which have our names, birth years, and contact phone numbers engraved on the front.  There’s also a website and phone number on the front.  If EMS personnel calls or visits the website, they enter two numbers engraved on the back of the ID tag.  This gives them access to all kinds of data (see pic below.)

This is truly a great product for any outdoor enthusiasts, but can also be an excellent option to give parents some security.

How many of you use Road IDs?  Leave your comments below!

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On an unrelated note- I’m currently looking for someone that would like to volunteer as a moderator for the modest forum here at BRU.  The responsibilities would include admitting new members, deleting spam, and generally keeping the peace.  The forum is located here:

http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/forums/

If you are interested, drop me a comment here or in the forum itself.

Thanks!

-Jason

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9 Comments

  1. Kate (KittyK)
    March 6, 2011

    We did a similar thing with our kid when we were relocating from Australia to Canada. We had 4 flights and interconnections in 3 different countries. We brought the paper versions (this was a little before road ID). Each “ID” had our names, his name, flight number and destination – we couldn’t use phone numbers because we didn’t have a phone with roaming. At the end of every flight we took the last ID off and put on the new one before disembarking.

    Although he was never out of our sight, it did give us peace of mind that if he ever did wander off we could be relocated.

    It’s also important to teach them the “stranger” rules. So which “strangers” he/she can approach if they do get lost, so they can ask for help.

  2. David
    March 5, 2011

    I just bought the red original wrist one. I definitely gives me peace of mind while running.

    About the moderator, I wouldn’t mind being one but I am still awaiting membership to the forum. If you still need one I would be available to do it.

  3. Dave
    March 5, 2011

    I have been using the ankle version for many years. It also makes a good timing chip holder if you are barefoot or in minimalist shoes that have no shoelaces.

  4. Angie Bee
    March 5, 2011

    awesome!! So glad you guys got some :) Three of my four boys have the bright red ones and the oldest has a dog tag style one. Hubby and I both have them as well. We use ours when we go on road trips or long day trips.

  5. briderdt (David)
    March 5, 2011

    I’ve been wearing a RoadID for years now, mostly bike riding, but more recently running as well. When the “interactive” option came out, I did some polling on that feature, and the consensus among emergency personnel was that it was basically useless — they’re not going to have a computer there to log on to, nor are they going to take valuable time away from triage and treatment. It’s a nice idea, but in practice doesn’t do much. It’s far more important to list drug allergies and contact information. Even blood type isn’t going to be much help, as emergency response personnel don’t do transfusions, and any hospital will type your blood anyway.

  6. drunkmonckey
    March 5, 2011

    I try to use either a wrist roadID or dog tags – dog tags are cheaper like Tyler said and you can fairly easily fit your emergency contacts and pertinent info onto 2 of them.
    However, like Jason, I just ordered the interactive plates and got the ankle one also to see if I like it better than the wrist. It is more expensive, but the reason I had to re-order tags/roadID plates is that I needed to change my emergency contact info, something you can’t do with dog tags. You can set up a pretty nice profile of everything online which for those of us with no med history or meds is probably less of an issue.
    Not a big discount, but you can get $1 off w/ ThanksAaron4204222 for the rest of this month

  7. Barefoot Tyler
    March 5, 2011

    I am considering getting one. I saw that they had a dog tag version. This then encouraged me to check out dog tags, which are only $7 for 2. I’ll see if I can fit my info on one of those first…

  8. Ryan
    March 5, 2011

    I do! I do! *raises hand*