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Good idea for ID when riding alone in case of accident...(13 posts)

Good idea for ID when riding alone in case of accident...DT
Mar 12, 2001 9:24 PM
Last summer I was hit by a car out in the middle of nowhere about 20 miles from home. I was alone, had no cell phone, there were no regular phones around either. Luckily, the guy who hit me stopped, and I was ok, but it got me thinking. Now I live in Mississippi, and do a lot of riding alone on back country roads where I moght go 45 minutes without seeing a car or pay phone. I thought that if I ever get hit again while way out and I'm hurt, how would anyone know anything about me? I decided on a military style dogtag. I found a company online and ordered one for about 8 bucks. I put my name, social security number, phone number, wife's name, address, and, probably most importantly, my blood type on it. Now, if I'm ever knocked unconscious, at least they won't waste any time trying to figure out who to contact or what kind of blood to give me. Just thought I'd share this...
agree on dog tagsgeezer
Mar 12, 2001 10:18 PM
I'm fortunate enough to have genuine dogtags issued to me by Uncle Sam. I'm supposed to wear them while flying, and I do....but I also have a set attached to my multi-tool which I put in my jersey pocket for all rides. While mine don't have phone numbers on them, they do at least have my name, blood type, and "USAF" on them. That's enough for medical people to at least get started on treatment and notification. I don't like the idea of getting mushed by a truck during a ride, but I like even less the potential for serious delay in figuring out who I am (or was) without some form of ID.
agree on dog tagsDT
Mar 13, 2001 4:33 AM
I'm in the AF also, stationed at Columbus AFB awaiting UPT start date in May. I just received my commission in Nov after 11 years prior enlisted as Combat Controller...glad to know there's other AF riders out there 'cause there sure as heck aren't any here! :o)
Good IdeaJamier
Mar 13, 2001 5:03 AM
I keep a laminated copy of my drivers license in my jersey pocket and have my phone number printed on the back. I just hope if something ever does happen, who ever finds me thinks to look in my pockets.

I have considered getting a cell phone to take along with me, but I hate cell phones!!! However, this is just an idea. I keep an old cell phone in my car. It does not have a service provider, thus I pay no monthly bill, however I can call 911 and if I need to call someone in a emergency I can call collect or use a credit card. The problem is that I have to plug it in to the cigarette litter to make it work. I just found out that I can buy a used cell phone on e-bay for $20 to $40. I think this year I am going to get a second used phone and keep in my bag just in case.
ID is KEY!nigel
Mar 13, 2001 6:45 AM
Good idea with the dog tags, DT (Does DT stand for Dog Tags? Kidding.). I have an adequately marked piece of paper in my back pocket (in my bike wallet) which has the vital stuff and phone numbers on it. Hopefully, as someone else noted, whoever finds me hurt (if it ever happens) will think to check my back pockets, since I don't carry a seatpack. I'll look into a dog tag online, though.

Thanks for sharing.
re: Good idea for ID when riding alone in case of accident...Eames
Mar 13, 2001 7:16 AM
Anyone ever have a problem with others finding ID they had stashed somewhere on them after they were hit?
Mar 13, 2001 7:58 AM
I wrote my name and phone number on the back of my helmet in permanent ink after I crashed a couple of years ago and could hardly remember my name. That's worked ok. I suppose you could add some more info, too.

Mar 13, 2001 2:16 PM
But Doug, doesn't all that ink add extra weight?? :-)
"Real" dog tagsMel Erickson
Mar 13, 2001 8:23 AM
I went down to my local Petco store and bought "real" dog tags to wear. They have a machine that makes tags on the spot. Mine is even shaped like a bone. It gives you four lines to work with. This is enough to put name, address, phone number and maybe even blood type (this is a good idea, I didn't put it on my first tag). They cost $5. Check it out.
"Real" dog tagsStickers
Mar 13, 2001 10:16 AM
Driver's License and Insurance Card, in plastic. My area is so insurance conscious, sooooo, not to slow the process any further, I carry the real thing. Have a bike wallet, as was stated above.
or you couldColnagoFE
Mar 13, 2001 11:38 AM
just carry your ID/Drivers lic in your back jersey pocket. same idea.
or you couldMel Erickson
Mar 13, 2001 1:45 PM
I don't like to keep anything valuable in my jersey pocket. It's too easy to lose, and not even know it, when you're taking things out of your pockets. I've lost money that way and a drivers license and insurance card could easily be lost that way too. I do take a cell phone in a small seat pack when I'm doing solo rides, just for the peace of mind. I even used it once when I was supposed to meet a buddy at his house in the country but took a wrong turn and couldn't find his place. A quick call to him and I was back on track, plus he wasn't wondering why I wasn't there on time. I've also needed to use a phone when mechanical problems prevented me from getting home under my own power. I went to the nearest home (rural farm country) and got some pretty weird looks. One person was pretty leery about letting me use the phone but relented. A cell phone makes you self sufficient.
Lug it yourselfXeke
Mar 14, 2001 5:03 AM
Whatever you carry along during rides, keep it on your body.

Last summer, I came across a rider who had taken a fall and was unconscious on the pavement. I pulled out the cell phone, called 911 and knowing which fire station they were coming from, gave the operator directions to the location (we were off the street a ways). When the firemen arrived followed by the paramedics, the rider went with the paramedics and the bike went with the firemen. I separated his personal effects from the bike and made sure they went with the rider. He recovered from a concussion and didn't have a clue as to what happened.

When I rode horses a lot (more than I do these days), one learned very early on that anything important stayed with you and not stuffed into the saddle bag. If you find yourself dumped, the horse goes home to dinner while you walk. All your stuff in the saddlebag doesn't do you or the horse any good.

I will roll out on one of a couple different bikes on any given evening ride, so I carry it all in a small fanny pack. One set of tools that I don't have to move from one bike to another... just zip up the wallet and phone and I'm off for the ride.