To provide effective protection against skidding on snow-covered roads around the state of Nevada, a Las Vegas motorist’s vehicle must use specific traction devices, tire chains, and/or snow tires, according to the specifications and regulations of Nevada laws.
The Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) provides the laws involving the use of snow tires and other winter-related devices in motor vehicles during winter in the state. While it doesn’t normally snow in the Las Vegas Valley, those who travel in other areas of the state, such as those who want to visit the nearby Mount Charleston for recreation purposes during winter time, must carefully follow the Nevada laws in using traction devices, tire chains, and snow tires in their vehicles for their safety.
Traction Devices, Tire Chains, or Snow Tires: Use Required Where Highway Marked or Posted
According to NRS 484D.515, a vehicle passing by areas with a mark or post requiring the use of traction devices, tire chains, and/or snow tires must comply accordingly. This law requires any person’s motor vehicle or combination of vehicles to use traction devices, tire chains, and/or snow tires every time they pass the marked highway, whether they are in an emergency situation or otherwise. Such places with postings or markings are often those in the nearby mountain areas of Las Vegas where snow is expected every winter. As these highways are only marked during icy or snowy conditions in the area, traffic enforcers typically regulate the passage of vehicles to make sure they comply with the requirements.
Traction Devices, Tire Chains, or Snow Tires: Requirements Under Certain circumstances
According to NRS 484D.520, under certain circumstances that a highway marked or posted with signs require the use of applicable traction devices, tire chains, and/or snow tires, the motorist must comply accordingly. This generally depends on the kind of vehicle s/he has and the more specific circumstances requiring the use of such winter safety devices.
In general, any motor vehicle with gross weight or combined gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less must use any of the following: applicable traction devices, tire chains, or snow tires. Any motor vehicle with gross weight or combined gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds must use tire chains. Any motor vehicle that is not 4-wheel drive and doesn’t have snow tires on all wheels must use traction devices or tire chains.
Installation and Mounting of Traction devices, Tire Chains, or Snow Tires
According to NRS 484D.525, when a motor vehicle is required to be equipped with traction devices, tire chains, or snow tires, they must be properly installed on at least two of the vehicle’s driving wheels. They must also be properly installed on two braking wheels of any kind of trailing vehicle in a combination of vehicles, if the said trailing vehicle is equipped or required to be equipped with brakes.
“NRS 484D.515,” Nevada Legislature.
“NRS 484D.520,” Nevada Legislature.
“NRS 484D.525,” Nevada Legislature.
“Motor Vehicle Laws,” Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
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