I just read a good post from 18 Miles Per Hour about how he was in a bad crash, going in and out of consciousness, and it took him two tries to unlock his phone for the stranger who was helping him to be able to call his wife. His point: Don't lock your phone.
DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO.If you are able to do this, then great. I encourage you to do so. But for many of us, leaving our phone unlocked is not an option. Maybe you need to connect with your workplace servers or email and they have a policy that you have to have a passcode. Or maybe there's sensitive personal or professional data on your phone that you can't risk leaving unlocked. If that's the case for you, you can still have info on how to get in contact with a loved one in an emergency. What I did was make a wallpaper for my phone's lockscreen that has my name and "In case of emergency" phone number on it.
Don’t lock your phone.
If you carry your phone as a safety device on rides, there’s no need to passcode lock it.
But there are many, many reasons not to. Here’s a big one.
When I had my latest bad crash, my phone was locked.
For the first couple hours I was in and out of consciousness. Mostly not.
In one of my rare moments of consciousness, face-down in some rocks, a stranger was holding my phone in front of my face begging me to remember the code (and my name). I got lucky and entered the right one (on the third try) and dialed my wife’s number. Then, went nighty-night again.
I get it wrong and my wife may not have known what happened.
I. Got. Lucky.
So forget the passcode.
Because heaven forbid, you may forget the passcode.
On android phones I think you can set up to three ICE (In case of emergency) numbers that can be dialed while the phone is locked. It would be nice if Apple did the same, but till then this works. You could even take it a step further and put things like your contact's name, organ donor status, blood type and any allergies you may have. Of course this can be used by anyone, not just cyclists.
Ride safe and have fun!
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