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My Intoxalock is installed. Now what?

After you get arrested for drunk driving, you have many responsibilities to take care of before getting back behind the wheel. Installing your Intoxalock is easy. Once your ignition interlock device is installed, the hard part is done. Once your device is installed, remember the following:

Get comfortable with your blow pattern. After you install, your technician will teach you how to use your ignition interlock. Get comfortable with the device before you leave the service center. Read How to Use Your Intoxalock Ignition Interlock Device for more information. Be sure to ask questions if you have any — installation centers install Intoxalock devices every day and have heard them all.

Download the guide: 8 things to ask your ignition interlock installer

Know when you need to calibrate. For the ignition interlock to work properly, it needs to be calibrated every 30 to 180 days, depending on your state’s requirements. Intoxalock will help you understand how frequently you need to calibrate your device.

Create an online account. MyAccount is an online customer portal that will give you 24/7 access to manage your Intoxalock account. Through this portal, you can pay your bill, sign your lease, read your instruction manual, report vehicle maintenance, update contact information, schedule calibrations and more.

Understand what to do during random retests. To ensure drivers don’t consume alcohol after providing a passing breath sample, ignition interlock device random retests are required by your state. Your breathalyzer will alert you when you need to provide a breath sample, which happens at random intervals while driving. When you receive the alert, you will need to provide a breath sample just as you do when you start your vehicle.

Avoid food, non-alcoholic beverages and tobacco. Certain food, drinks, mouthwashes and tobacco can contaminate your breath, so you should avoid consuming them within 15 minutes of starting your vehicle and while driving. False positives are rare, but they can happen, and you don’t want to be in situation where you can’t start your vehicle because of contamination.

Know the rules about other drivers. Some people think that no one else can drive their car if they have a breathalyzer installed. You can, in fact, have a friend or family member drive your car, but you might want to keep a log of the other drivers. If a friend drives your vehicle, he or she is required to use the ignition interlock; however, you will be responsible for any breath samples a friend provides.

Once you have your car breathalyzer for a few days, it will become part of your routine. However, if you have questions about the device, how to fulfill your ignition interlock requirements or about your account, call Intoxalock at (844) 677-9243.


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