If you refuse to submit to a breath test after being stopped for suspected drunk driving or are facing a DUI/DWI charge in New Jersey, you may need an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your vehicle to be able to legally drive.
If you’re using an IID, it’s crucial that you follow the regulations that come with it. Successfully getting through this period, whether it’s months or years will allow you to get your full driving privileges back and help avoid further legal problems.
With winter approaching, you might be concerned about your IID working properly in the sub-freezing temperatures we’re sure to experience. With a little care and a few simple precautions, the cold shouldn’t present a problem.
Make sure your battery doesn’t drain
Cold weather is tough on vehicle batteries. Before you have your IID installed, it’s a good idea to have your battery checked. To help make sure your battery doesn’t die, you should drive your car regularly. Even if you don’t need to go anywhere, driving it around your neighborhood for a bit can help keep the battery charged.
Some brands of IID have battery indicators that let you know if the battery is getting low. Some also have a sleep mode for when the vehicle isn’t in use that can help keep the device from using up the battery.
Keep your IID from getting too cold
Either buy or make a cover for your IID that will prevent it from getting too cold when the car is parked or put away for the night. It’s also important not to let snow, ice or water hit it.
It’s best to blow into the mouthpiece of the IID a few times before you turn it on to help warm it up more quickly.
Be careful when warming up your car
You may be used to letting your car warm up in the garage or driveway before you take it out. However, after you blow into the IID so you can start the engine, it will likely require a rolling retest after a designated amount of time -– even if the car isn’t moving. So don’t just turn on the engine and go back in the house. A missed rolling retest counts as a failed test.
With attention to the rules and experienced legal guidance, you can get through this period without unnecessary complications to your life.