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How do I blow into an ignition interlock device?

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How do I blow into an ignition interlock device?

POSTED ON: 09/02/2021

If you get an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle, you'll need to know is how to use it properly. Blowing into your ignition interlock device during a test is one of the main lessons you'll learn through our training. We provide hands-on training along with a video demonstration during your installation visit. You can also get additional guidance at any time by calling us at 1-866-447-8686.

Why we are the most reliable ignition interlock

It’s not only Smart Start of Louisiana’s easy test patterns that will provide a stress-free ignition interlock testing procedure. Our technology includes a robust, fuel-cell alcohol sensor that displays the most accurate results. You can also check your next appointment date and other things from the interlock’s keypad.

Here’s a quick refresher about how to blow into our ignition interlock device...

Our interlock testing procedure is easy and seamless. Some other vendors require you to blow then inhale from the device, but this is often a troublesome and sometimes even unsanitary process. Smart Start’s tests only last a few seconds. Our testing supports only blowing, only humming, or a combination of blowing and humming.

Each state has different laws that regulate the correct breath pattern to blow into an ignition interlock device. Although we're operating in Louisiana, sometimes we service clients from other other states. We'll work with you to make sure your device is set up properly.

Ready, set, blow!

Here are the three simple test patterns we use with our breathalyzers. It’s always a good idea to rinse your mouth with water before a test to ensure the most accurate results possible.

  • Hum

The easiest way to perform the hum pattern is to say the word, “whoooooooo” during the test. Keep humming steadily into the mouthpiece during your ignition interlock test until you hear the clicking sound from your device.

  • Blow

For the blow (or no-hum) pattern, all you need to do is take a deep breath and blow continuously until you hear the clicking sound from your device. It won’t take long to learn how hard or soft to blow to get a successful test.

  • Blow-Hum

The blow-hum test requires the user to blow into the mouthpiece for a couple seconds, then transition into a hum by imitating an owl. Just say the word “whooooooooooo” and keep your airflow consistent as you transition from blow to hum. You’ll hear a click sound from your device that tells you it’s the end of the test.

Need to get an ignition interlock installed?

We will provide you with a quote and schedule your appointment. Just fill out our online contact form or call us at 1-866-447-8686 to get the most reliable ignition interlock device on the market.

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