Hawk statue covered in snow on a sunny day

Winter Weather Tips

As winter approaches, it is important to be prepared for the ice, snow and rain! No matter how you commute we’ve got you covered.

Driving Commuters

  • Be sure to check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels to keep your engine from freezing.
  • Keep a shovel, ice scraper, an extra pair of gloves and a flashlight in your trunk at all times.
  • Inflate your tires to the recommended tire pressure for better car handling in the snow and rain.
  • Leave 20 minutes earlier than usual so you’re prepared for any detours or closed roads you may encounter.
  • Download the Parker app to help you find where parking is available on campus to shorten your ride.
  • Talk with your professors about their expectations regarding class cancellations, or if classes ever would be held remotely (if not already an online course).
  • Consider carpooling with a friend.

Transit Commuters

  • Check into bus/train options from your home to campus using Google Maps or the Waze app.
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date schedule and know when an earlier bus/train will come.
  • Sign up for text or email alerts so you know of major changes to all schedules
  • Download the NJ Transit App to find time arrival and departure information this will reduce time spent waiting.
  • Wear proper attire by layering up and wearing tights or long johns under your regular clothing
  • Download the Uber or Lyft apps on your mobile device for easy accessibility in the case that you need a taxi.

Biking Commuters

  • Invest in wider tires specifically for winter surfaces that can be wet or icy. Wider tires help with traction and control during the winter.
  • Your hands, feet and head get colder faster than the rest of your body. Be sure to wear proper gloves, socks and a hat to go under your helmet.
  • Be sure to wear neon reflective clothing when riding in the streets and always have reflectors or lights in the front and back of your bike.
  • Remember to always check the weather before leaving the house to determine if riding your bike is the best commuting option.
  • When riding in winter conditions breaking or turning can cause you to slide. Ride slowly and as straight as possible without sudden braking.

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  • You will be notified of all campus closings, delays or other important news immediately via text or email through this service!