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With snow at Mt. Charleston comes a winter vehicle safety reminder

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-10 16:12:26-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People visiting the Spring Mountains are being told to first make sure their cars are winter-weather ready after snow fell at Mt. Charleston this week.

Near the bottom of Mt. Charleston on Thursday, fellow drivers helped Myra Jackson put chains on her car before she headed up the mountain for work.

“I saw them and I’m like, 'I don’t know if they’re up there for this, but I’m definitely going to try to ask,'” she said.

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It’s not a bad idea, with the road blanketed with a fresh coat of white powder at the mountain top. Clark County officials recommended that drivers have chains or four-wheel drive before heading up the mountain, so their cars won’t get stuck. They also advised people to drive slowly and accelerate gradually to allow for greater braking distances.

Some visitors said they’d witnessed some reckless driving, despite these warnings.

“I see some people not driving nicely, and it’s not good. They want to go too fast and want to pass you," said. Muhammad Ali Vosough, who lives in Las Vegas.

With more people expected to come up to Mt. Charleston because of the snow, Jefferson believes chains will be required at some point this winter and said she hopes people are prepared.

“Make sure you try to get your chains on before you get up here, because it’s going to snow a lot this winter,” she said.