However, as the weeks and months roll by and you encounter different circumstances, you might need to remember a few things to ensure that your driving is never interrupted. Keep these 5 things in mind and you’ll stay rolling safely and legally:
- Don’t leave your car running unattended. If you’re just running to the mailbox or stepping out to chat with a friend, you might be tempted to leave your vehicle running. But your car or truck doesn’t know if you’re behind the wheel or not. When it comes time to do your rolling re-test, and you’re not in the car, it will register as a refused test. So always turn off the engine and re-start it when you’re ready to roll.
- Rinse your mouth after eating. It can’t be repeated too many times: bits of food and certain liquids can ferment in your mouth and create alcohol, and your ignition interlock could pick that up and register a warning. So keep a bottle of water nearby. Eventually it will become second nature to rinse before driving.
- Take care in cold weather. Cold temperatures cause moisture to freeze on the interlock’s components, so it takes longer to warm up and start. If your interlock allows you to pre-program a warm-up period (as the LifeSafer FC200 does) then that’s a great way to make sure you get off on time.
- Keep your battery up to snuff. An ignition interlock is just an electronic accessory, like a car alarm. Keep your battery fully charged by driving every few days, and you’ll always have power. Also, make sure your battery isn’t old or defective.
- Go for monitoring regularly. Don’t forget your regular monitoring appointments. They’re essential not only to fulfil the conditions of your suspension but they allow technicians to inspect and calibrate the device so you’re sure it’s working properly.
It’s not exactly rocket science: just a few simple reminders that make sure that your device stays operational, and that you’re not accidentally hit with violations you don’t deserve. You ignition interlock never needs to hang you up: follow these hints and you’re always good to go.