Open University Car Share

User Guide

Register for Open University Car Share from the main entry screen, the Welcome page

This User Guide, the FAQs, Conditions and Contact Us are available without being logged into the system. If you are not logged in, return to the Welcome page at any time by clicking Welcome page in the left hand column.

Once you have registered your details, login to Open University Car Share by using the username (your full email address, if you provided one) and password given to you by the system when you registered. You will be taken to your Car Share home page.

Register your personal details and car sharing preferences top

In order to be able to look for potential car sharers all you have to do is complete a few personal details and your travel preferences. From the Open University Car Share welcome page, click "register". Follow the instructions and complete the boxes, most of which are compulsory, for both your personal details eg: name, postcode (vital) and your specific car sharing preferences eg: which days you wish to share (you don't have to share every day), what times you wish to arrive and depart on those days and a few other choices eg: whether or not you wish to smoke etc..

In order for these preferences to be saved, make sure you click on "submit" at the bottom of the page and then follow the instructions.

Login to the personalised section of the site top

On the welcome page, login by entering your username and password in the appropriate boxes and then click "log me in!". This will take you to your personalised Open University Car Share home page. From here you can look for potential car sharers, alter your personal and employment details and change your password.

Typically your username will be your email name or email address. If you forget or have lost your password, go to the welcome page, enter your username into the 3rd box and click "remind me".

We recommend that you change your password to something you will remember more easily than the initial one generated by the system for you.

Change your password top

To change your password, click "password" on your Open University Car Share home page. Follow the instructions and click "continue". On the screen that this takes you to, click "continue" to go back to your home page or click "logout" in the left hand column and then go back to the welcome page to try logging in with your new password.

Alter your personal and employment details top

To review or alter your personal and employment details, click "details" on your Open University Car Share home page. Check all the details and change anything which is incorrect.

When any of your personal circumstances relevant to this site change, please login and update your details as soon as possible.

Once you have made any changes to the above details and options, click "submit" for those changes to be saved. Click "continue" on the acknowledgement screen in order to go back to your Open University Car Share home page.

Update your car sharing preferences top

From your Open University Car Share home page, click "preferences". Check all the details and change anything which is no longer appropriate. eg: which days you wish to share (you don't have to share every day), what times you wish to arrive and depart on those days, whether or not you wish to smoke etc..

In order for these preferences to be saved, make sure you click "submit" at the bottom of the page.

Click "continue" on the acknowledgement page to go back to your Open University Car Share home page.

Look for potential car sharers top

To find some potential car sharers, click "sharers" (on your Car Share home page - you need to be logged in). This takes you to the map page.

The initial matches are, by default, calculated within a radius of 5 miles of your home or departure postcode and within +/- 30 mins match on your preferred arrival and departure times. The green bubble is you, and any red bubbles which are showing are potential car sharers.

If you wish to change these criteria, in order, for example, to look further afield on your journey into work or to give a less absolute match on your arrival times, then select different options from the two relevant drop down boxes and click "search".

To find out more details about the potential car sharers produced by the system, either scroll down the page or click on the "sharers" link at the top of the page. The general details about your suitable potential car sharers are displayed in a table with a maximum of five to a page.

To find out any more information about this page or if you require further help, click "help" at the top of the map page, which gives further detailed instructions.

From your Car Share home page you can: top

  • look for potential car sharers
  • set up a new car share group
  • alter your personal and employment details
  • change your travel preferences
  • change your password
  • resign from Car Share.

Set up a new car share group top

Once you have contacted some other members and have arranged to set up a new car share group, one of you elects to go back to the system and record your sharing arrangement. Login to your Open University Car Share home page and click "groups".

Follow the instructions, type in the email addresses of your members and save the additions by clicking "new group".

Resign from Car Share top

If you wish to resign from Car Share, click "resign". You will be sent a confirmation email.

Other links: top

  • how to.. - this document
  • more info - additional information about the aims, benefits, and promotion of Open University Car Share
  • FAQs - takes you to a screen which should answer some of the questions asked by users on a regular basis. If you need any other details please contact the Car Share Administrator. New answers to regular questions will be added on an ongong basis
  • contact us - opens a new email message (addressed to the Open University Car Share Administrator) with the "To" heading already completed
  • conditions - takes you to those always necessary terms and conditions.

Problems or queries top

If you have any queries please contact your Car Share Administrator.

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