What would you do if you were in a car accident and unable to speak?  Would first responders know how to take care of you? What if nobody knew your medical allergies and conditions? One wrong anything could mean the difference between life and death.

When our son was born, my husband and I decided that it was time to stop dragging out feet and to request a yellow dot sticker for each of our cars because if we were in an accident and unable to communicate, we'd want the first responders to know vital information about us and about our son.

Yellow Dot is an absolutely free program which helps first responders provide life-saving medical attention in the precious minutes during the first “golden hour,” which is essentially the time window when it’s most important that a person receive successful treatment following a traumatic injury.

By placing a Yellow Dot in your driver’s side rear window of your car, you're letting first responders know that medical information about you and your family can be found in your car’s glove compartment.

There are a lot of Yellow Dot imposters who may try to convince you that you have to pay to be part of the program.  That's absolutely not true- New York State offers this program free of charge and first responders around the country know about it, so even if you travel out of state, they'll know where to look if they see your Yellow Dot sticker.

Learn how to get a Yellow Dot for each of your vehicles here.

[via New York State Sheriff's Association]