If you’ve just found out you’re required to install an ignition interlock in your vehicle, you might be nervous. It’s understandable. This is a new chapter in your life, one you’ll need to learn to navigate quickly. Fortunately, if you’ve chosen a LifeSafer device we’re there to help you get through your interlock period without stress. Year after year our customers come to us with their concerns when starting out.
Here are three of the most common ignition interlock questions. We hope the answers set your mind at ease and make your choice of an ignition interlock an easier one.
Are ignition interlocks hard to use?
Interlock devices are designed to be simple. With the LifeSafer device you blow steadily with sufficient pressure to deliver a breath sample, and hum a tone at the same time. Then you wait for the device to analyze your breath sample and give you the results. You then have a set amount of time to start your vehicle. If the sample was not adequate, the test aborts and you’ll get another chance.
Can my family or friends use my interlock-equipped vehicle?
Many people worry that once the device is on their car or truck their spouses or other family members won’t be able or allowed to use the vehicle. Not true – anyone can use an interlock-equipped vehicle. They do need to know how to use the interlock, though. At LifeSafer we’ll train anyone to use the device free of charge.
Also, keep in mind that whoever uses the interlock device must not have consumed alcohol. As the owner of the interlock-equipped vehicle, you are responsible for any test that is taken on the interlock. So make sure that anyone using your vehicle knows that they have to abide by the same rules as you do.
Will an ignition interlock stop my vehicle in the middle of the road?
This is a common misconception. Some people believe that because interlocks test you while you’re driving, if you fail a test your car will stop dead in the middle of the highway. This will never happen. An ignition interlock cannot stop your vehicle. It can only affect your vehicle’s starter. If you fail a test while you are driving, your horn might start blowing, and your lights flashing, which will require you to pull over. But the device will never cut off your engine.
If you have more ignition interlock questions, visit LifeSafer Canada’s FAQ here. And remember, we’re dedicated to ensuring that you stay on the road legally and safely. Happy driving!