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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