Can I Take My Ignition Interlock Inside When It’s Too Cold?

Ignition Interlock Device

You may be thinking; can I take my Ignition Interlock inside when it’s too cold? The weather right now is cold and harsh in the states, mainly up North, so what happens with your Ignition Interlock when it’s outside in your vehicle?

Smart Start’s Ignition Interlock Program and Cold Weather

Not to worry if you’re with Smart Start! We offer a simple and stress-free Ignition Interlock program for our clients. Since 1992, we’ve been manufacturing Ignition Interlocks that are reliable and sturdy, no matter where you are.

Our devices take only a few minutes to warm up if it is left in the vehicle in freezing temperatures. When the screen displays HEATING when you turn the key or push the button in your vehicle, the device is quickly warming up to be ready for your breath test.

There’s one thing clients can do, however, with their Ignition Interlocks in freezing weather.

Here’s how to avoid the warm-up time with your device before your start your vehicle when the temperature starts dropping.

Take Your Ignition Interlock Inside During Freezing Weather

In nearly all states, you can disconnect your head unit from the curly cord and simply bring the device inside with you. Then, next time when you drive, re-connect the head unit and it will initialize and be ready for you to take your initial breath test immediately before starting your vehicle.

If you’re in Wisconsin or New York, however, you are NOT allowed to disconnect your head unit! As of January 2018, these are the only two states that do not allow clients to disconnect their head units. The device’s warm-up time, however, should only last between three to five minutes.

If you’re a Smart Start client, that means you have 24/7/365 customer service standing by, ready to assist. If you have any questions about your program, simply call our team at (800) 831-3299.

No matter how cold it is outside, Smart Start’s Ignition Interlock is still your dependable tool to getting back on the road.

Do You Need an Ignition Interlock?

Get back on the road quickly with Smart Start. We are a reliable provider with a dependable Ignition Interlock and superior customer service. Schedule an installation appointment with us at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our short online form.