Thursday, July 18, 2013

Road Trip Safety Tip: Emergency Cards

When I first moved from Southern California 8 years ago, I drove a lot. I made many, many trips between my old and new homes. I probably drove the stretch of HWY 101 8-9 times a year. At that time it was just me and my young son (he was 4). I started t think...
"What would happen if we got in an accident?"
"What would my son do if something happened to me?"
My son was only 4 then - he did not have a cell phone, he did not know all the new phone numbers. He was young!  This is when I started making
Road Trip Emergency Cards. 

Keep these cards in your car when you raod trip

The first time I admitted I did this to a friend, I was afraid they would think I was a little too morbid, too paranoid, that I watched too many serial killer/lonely girl on the highway movies.
But instead she thought I was brilliant...So now I am sharing my #1 Road Trip Safety Tip with you. It is simple and essentially free! I even made a (kind of lame) printable form for you!
(but I will be honest I often just write it on a piece of brightly colored paper)

Click here or on the image below for the form!
printable template for Road Trip Safety Card
For every trip I write a note and make multiple copies, usually on brightly colored paper so it stands out.

make them in any color you wish.

One gets tucked by the sun visor on the driver side.
One for the center console.
One in my wallet  by my drivers license.

Basic info included:
My Name
My point of origin and my destination
The number of passengers and their names and ages
My emergency contact person
Cell Phone password
Medical insurance info
Of course you can add anything you feel necessary! 

Make the cards easy to find.

Do you have any Road Trip Tips?


This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


  1. I think this is a really good idea, Holly. I don't like doing too many road trips on my own, but I think this would help ease a little bit of the apprehension. I'd love for you to link this up to my new All Things Thursday Blog Hop! Have a wonderful Thursday!

  2. This is super smart, Holly! I've also heard to tape or put a label on each child's car seat with their information just in case...especially when they are too young to speak.

  3. Holly,
    Love this post and idea! Just pinned it and I'm going to print them off now as we leave for vacation this weekend. Thanks for the great template!
    - Ang

  4. Holly, this is a very good idea you have shared in your post. It would certainly help authorities if an accident occurred, even if 2 adults were traveling together. It would help to notify family members in a more timely manner when both are incapacitated or unconscious. It is no fun to think about, but these things do happen. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!

  5. Great idea my friend and thank you for making the printable!

  6. That's brilliant. I'm doing this when we travel this summer ... we're letting our 15 year drive for part of the way. :)

  7. This is such a great idea! i always have something like this on me when I fly...but never thought about doing it for driving...although I am on the road much more often than i am on a plane! One thing i always have is a note that says I am a catholic (for my last rights) talk about morbid :) I love your creativity!

  8. Just wanted to let you know I featured this great idea on my All Things Thursday features. I hope you'll link up more of your great ideas at tonight's party that goes live at 8pm Central.

  9. Hi Holly, I saw your feature over at Posed Perfection's All Things Thursday. This is such a great idea! I was sitting here thinking that I wish I had seen this when my kids were younger, but actually, I think it would be helpful for anyone making a trip anywhere. You just never know what circumstances you might find yourself in, and this would help to cover the bases. So glad you shared it. Have a great day!


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  11. I pinned this and I will be making a couple tomorrow.

  12. Holly, I love this idea and will be including it in my Road Trip Essentials Round Up - I definitely printed it out and will be using it. Awesome job.
    Your SoFab Friend,


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