We know that commuting to school can be hard sometimes. Parking, traffic and gas money are just some of the reasons it can be stressful. Here’s what you need to know to get ready for the semester:
1. Remember that traffic on campus is never as bad as it is the first week. The first week of the semester is always the worst when it comes to traffic congestion, especially in the fall. Both students and faculty need time to get used to their new routines, but everything will finally settle down in a week or so.
2. Don’t forget to leave at least 20 minutes earlier than you think you need to.
Whether you live five minutes away or an hour away, you always need to leave earlier than you think. You need to account for the time it takes to drive around CarParc for a spot, wait for shuttles and walk across campus.
3. Remember that there are other places to park besides CarParc and Lot 60.
Look for the color codes on parking signs. Commuters can park in any yellow lot on campus. You can also check out the Parker App to see what lots have available spaces.
4. Parking is not an excuse to miss class.
Your professors will always mention this on the first day of class. They have trouble parking sometimes, too.
5. Don’t speed.
If you drive 40 mph in CarParc, you’ll pass all the open spots and the person behind you will get the parking spot, not you. Slowing down will also help you avoid a speeding ticket.
6. Mark your calendar for Cans for Citations.
This program allows you to donate canned food in exchange for payment towards one parking ticket. Look out for an email each semester announcing the dates.
7. Staying on campus between classes will save you a ton of gas money.
Plus, you won’t lose your parking spot. There are plenty of food options on campus, quiet places to study and people to hang out with.
8. Consider public transportation as another option.
Remember that there is always the option to take buses and trains to campus for those that don’t have their own car. Montclair State University also offers a Carpool Directory for those who are looking to share rides.
These eight tips are sure to help out any first time commuters. Drive safe and enjoy your commute!
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