Winter Weather Tips

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

Driving Commuters: Make sure your car is ready for winter!

  • 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 flash-light 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 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 the 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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  • Log in using your NetID & password at
  • Sign-up using either your mobile phone number, Montclair email address, or both!
  • You will be notified of all campus closings, delays, or other important news immediately via text or email through this service!