It’s easy to think of your ignition interlock as a nag, a big brother who’s always watching and waiting for you to make a mistake. But that’s not the right way to look at the device.
An ignition interlock isn’t watching you. It’s watching out for you. The device’s only purpose is to see that you remain within the law, driving safely and unimpaired at all times. It offers a clear path to an unrestricted driver’s license and freedom after a DUI. Here are three ways it shows its true colours as a friend to drivers with a DUI on their record:
- Stall protection. If your vehicle stalls in traffic, you don’t have to perform a test to start up again. That would be a real nuisance – embarrassing too. Your ignition interlock should have a few minutes to re-start your vehicle without needed to do a breath test.
- Cold weather protection. Ignition interlocks need warming up to perform correctly. There are devices like the LifeSafer FC200 which let your installer program up to 3 warm-up periods. The device will automatically power up at a designated time, so it will be warmed up and ready when you get behind the wheel.
- Service Reminder. A missed service appointment can be a hassle, and if you wait too long you can be locked out of your vehicle. However, you never need to forget a service appointment. Devices like the LifeSafer FC200 will remind you of your next appointment, so you’re always on time and in compliance.
Your ignition interlock is a means of protecting you from the possibility of recidivism, and all of the penalties and heartache that results from the decision to drink and drive. So consider it an ally, and team up with it. It’s your key to staying safely and legally on the road.