There’s debate in our country as to whether or not you can be required to carry ID. Some argue that this is an infringement of your rights. That law enforcement officers have no reason to stop people and request identification, and while I agree with this argument; I still think it’s imperative that you ALWAYS carry ID, even when going for a run, walking the dog, riding your bike, or boating.
While it’s not something we like to think about, accidents happen. If you’re hit by a car, fall while riding your bike or suffer a medical incident, your ID will answer the question, “Who am I?”
And since you probably don’t leave home without your phone or keys, how much more trouble is it to carry your driver’s license?
As much as I hate to be loaded down with extra things to carry when taking a walk in the neighborhood or going for a bike ride, I’ve decided on a few items that I feel I need to carry with me at all times:
- Driver’s License
- Health Insurance Card
- List of contact numbers
- One credit card or debit card
The Driver’s License provides the all important ID, and let’s face it, if there’s an accident, the health insurance card provides quick access to hospital care. Of course, I’d want someone to know who to call so the name and phone number of your spouse, parent or friend makes sense. Maybe you could even tape this to the back of your insurance card. And while a credit card or cash won’t be needed for a medical emergency, who knows where you may walk or bike or boat. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a way to buy something to eat or pay to enter a park?
Before you leave home, check that you have the essentials: keys, phone, and ALWAYS carry ID.