We are all aware that drunk driving can cause grave consequences not just to the driver but to the passengers and other motorists. No matter what part of the world you are in, if you are caught by law enforcers while driving a vehicle with your blood alcohol level more than the legal limit, you are sure to face some harsh punishment.
In many countries, offenders are charged with a substantial driving ban, or a jail term, depending on the seriousness of the incident. Because of the harsh punishment of drunk driving, many people are investing in their own personal breathalyzer.
However, choosing a digital breathalyzer for your personal use can be confusing as alcohol testers are available in different models, sizes, and styles. Therefore, if you are planning to buy a personal alcohol detector, you should first do some research in order for you to find the best breathalyzer for your needs. Just like other products, breathalyzers come in various forms, with different levels of accuracy, and different prices too.
Listed below are some tips to guide you in choosing the breathalyzer that best suit your needs.
The accuracy you want for your unit. Most of the small breathalyzers like the key ring or key chain are sold only as novelty items. But there are a handful of great key chain breath testers with LCD displays that are also FDA approved and can determine your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) level accurately.
Life span of the digital alcohol breath tester. Portable breathalyzers of all sizes can lose their accuracy over time. Many of the bigger personal alcohol breath testers may require for the sensor/s to be replaced and have to be re-calibrated by the manufacturer.
Opt for a digital breathalyzer with a LCD readout display. Most of the baby breathalyzers only have LED lights of red, green, and yellow to show an approximate BAC level to give you an idea of your alcohol content.
Other features you may need your alcohol detector to have. It is important that you have a look at all the features when choosing your personal breathalyzer. You may notice that there are extra features on one unit compared to another, but the price is much higher.
You should also keep in mind that although your personal alcohol detector may give you an accurate reading if the unit is low on battery power or is faulty, the reading might be way out. This will not be accepted as an excuse if you are apprehended and tested using a professional law enforcement breath tester.
By taking into consideration the above mentioned tips, you will be more informed in choosing the right type of breathalyzer that will suit your needs.