If you’re required to get an ignition interlock on your car, you might be nervous. That goes double if your car is an especially prized possession – as many are. But even if you have a 10-year-old minivan with dented bumpers and one missing wheel cover, you probably rely on your vehicle for work, school, or other vital needs. So it’s understandable that you’d be concerned about someone installing an electrical device in it, especially a device which has the ability to prevent a car from starting.
In fact, there’s nothing to worry about, provided you choose a top-flight, technically savvy ignition interlock company such as LifeSafer of Canada. Technicians at the top companies are well-trained in all aspects of automotive electronics. The know how to install the device quickly and efficiently, in a manner that causes the least amount of disruption to your car’s electrical system.
Some drivers unfamiliar with the device worry that the car will suddenly stop in traffic. This can’t happen. An ignition interlock is connected to the car’s starter, and it can only affect a car’s ability to start. If you blow into the device and register a “pass,” the car will start. If you fail, it won’t. And once you’re driving, you’ll be asked to test again while driving – what’s called the rolling re-test.
If you fail the re-test, your car will not stop running. Your lights will flash and your horn will honk, but you’ll never, ever have your car stop on the road.
So rest assured that your car’s electronics will be just fine with an interlock. All you need to worry about is passing the breath test every time. And if you avoid drinking (and wash out your mouth if you’ve been eating certain foods) you’ll find that is a very easy requirement to meet. You and your car will arrive at your destination in fine shape.