Crucial details could save your life
Going out and about in the car is an almost unavoidable aspect of modern life – but what happens if you’re involved in an accident? Or there’s a medical emergency? The emergency services have come up with a downloadable contact disc that will fit into the tax disc holder where you can include vital information that first responders will be able to access easily and use to treat you. Details about you and any medical conditions or allergies you suffer from.
If your dog is likely to be in the car with you, it’s a good idea to provide any information about him, too. This could also alert someone if the dog isn’t in the car – that it may be home alone and someone needs to go and check on it if you have been taken to hospital.
This is entirely optional – don’t share any details that think might cause a security issue, but it could save valuable time – and potentially save your life – if you provide easily accessible details that a medical professional or emergency services should know about. Similarly, if there are more than one of you regularly in the car, include details for everyone, and think about including passport photos for easy identification.
Keep yourself safe
Another possibility is to include specific details if you are leaving a car somewhere for a length of time. Going walking is one of the pleasures of dog ownership, and the reason why many people take the plunge and welcome a dog into their family. Dogs need regular daily walks, so it’s a great way to improve your (and your family’s fitness). If, at the weekend, you head for the hills, or an unfamiliar area, it’s always an idea to leave a route plan, an explanation of where you are going and when you plan to return, in your car. It can serve as a valuable pointer if the car is subsequently reported as abandoned, and is investigated by the police. Of course, you don’t have to use the tax disc holder, but it’s an obvious place and a good use for something that might otherwise just be thrown away.