So I’m a scientist by trade, which means anytime I need to make a decision on something, I’m super anal about choosing the best solution for my needs. So let me introduce you to my means of Tuesday procrastination: Tuesday’s Things I Like. Today’s is a pretty obvious one, but I still don’t see enough around: Road ID.
Almost half a million people every year are taken to the hospital, unconscious with no identification. This is a serious slowdown to your medical treatment generally and a life-or-death problem if you have any medical conditions (asthema, allergies [especially to medicines], 8 spleens, etc.).
When you bike, you have pockets. You can throw an ID with some emergency info back there. But swimming and running are another beast. I run with as little on my as possible (shoes and 2″ split shorts FTW). What happens if I get hit by a car crossing a street? Even if I’m running with a friend, do they know that I might be allergic to half a dozen antibiotics? (Note: I’m not.)
Enter Road ID.
There isn’t much to say except that it’s a cheap, unobtrusive way to give you some piece-of-mind that if the unthinkable happens: (1) you’ll get proper medical treatment as quickly as possible, and (2) your family can be contacted immediately. I personally like the Wrist ID Slim. It’s basically a LiveStrong bracelet in any color (I wear purple of course) with your information on it. It’s light and doesn’t get in the way. If you are a triathlete, think about getting the Ankle ID since it doubles as a comfortable timing chip strap. I swim in mine. I bike in mine. I run in mine. I hike in mine. I forget that I’m wearing mine and wear it around town accidentally all the time, too.
$15 for a bit of personal safety seems like a no-brainer to me when we spend that much on 3 days worth of coffee. And if you search the web, you can usually find a coupon for a dollar or two off.
In the interest of full disclosure, if you click any of the Road ID links above (or that one! So meta), UCSD Triathlon gets a 10% commission on your purchase (your price doesn’t change). So use the links above and support UCSD Triathlon!