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*** Congratulations Helen O’Donnell ***

A superb first time driving test pass result for Helen this afternoon in Tunbridge Wells. Her learning to drive ‘story’ began earlier this year when, after years of thinking about it, she decided to get started with driving lessons. Recently she’s been practicing with husband Rick too, with the twins as additional passengers. This has given her the extra bit of confidence needed to get the test done.

By |September 25th, 2019|

*** Congratulations Noa Ofir ***

At last, after a bit of hanging around, Noa found that motivation and got this done!!! A brilliant Theory Test pass in Crawley to start the year! Congratulations Noa….. so pleased you got this done before returning to college!!

By |January 5th, 2019|

*** What a Superstar!! ***

Woohoo!! This Theory Test pass, at the Sidcup Centre, is a massive testament to your determination, Max Buckley. Huuuuuuuge congratulations! That’s one test done……. a bit more training, then the biggie 🙂

By |December 8th, 2018|

** Not so tricky eh? **

Despite being really worried by how difficult she felt this exercise was going to be, Sacha managed to ‘park pretty’ completely independently! This was only her second attempt EVER……. she was unhappy about the car being a bit wonky first time!! lol

By |December 6th, 2018|

*** Congratulations Charlotte Stevens ***

Yay!!! Brilliant news today; Charlotte passed her Theory and Hazard Perception Test in Crawley!! BIG congratulations Charlotte…… one test down, one to go!! Let’s do this!! 🙂

By |December 5th, 2018|

*** Congratulations Nicki Chapman ***

A wonderful day for Nicki Chapman: a fabulous faultless test pass in her own car with some super words from the examiner!! I was so very proud to support you during your test, you have been an absolute delight to work with. Would you like to be 1nfluence’s next success story? Ring 07780 708 706 or email

By |November 9th, 2018|

So good when a plan comes together…….

Jackie was fabulous today…… She’s a full licence holder who hasn’t driven for best part of 30 years due to anxiety. We’ve been working on finding strategies to build her confidence in life, as well as driving,  but one of her worries has always been how to deal with the panic that sets in when something goes wrong!! Today we looked at making safe decisions to correct our drive……. when things go a bit crazy!!! And then practised getting it wrong at roundabouts, but finding a route back to John Lewis in Tunbridge Wells!!! What a star!!

By |October 14th, 2018|

*** Testimonial – Kirsty Laws ***

“I would highly recommend Lin Webb at 1nfluence to anybody wishing to learn to drive.
She is very calm and patient and is happy to go over things as many times as you need. If you are feeling anxious and stressed then she makes you feel at ease and helps you through each step in the learning process.

I had lessons and 3 tests in a manual car almost 20 years ago and found everything a struggle to the point I hated driving. Hill starts, junctions, traffic lights all became a nightmare! I never managed to pass my test and thought driving was not for me.

Then a work colleague told me about Lin at 1nfluence. WOW what a difference!! On the second lesson I was actually enjoying driving a car and even drove through Edenbridge High Street. After only 23 lessons I passed my driving test first time and I am looking forward to the freedom and independence it will bring.”

By |October 1st, 2018|

*** Congratulations Kirsty Laws ***

A fantastic, well deserved and very emotional test pass on a lovely sunny morning for Kirsty Laws, who completed a ‘smashing drive’ for her examiner. Its been a real pleasure to teach this lady, who had an awful experience that put her off driving for many years. It was amazing how her self-belief changed once she realised it was going to be very different this time though!! Well done Kirsty; its great to have witnessed you becoming a wonderful driver 🙂

If you want to get booked into Lin’s diary, plan ahead!! Ring or text 07780 708 706


By |September 28th, 2018|

*** You did it, Kathryn Bowden!! ***

A really lovely day for Kathryn, as she celebrates her brilliant driving test pass. I’m so delighted for her as she has worked really hard, both on her lessons and by doing lots of private practice with Mum and Dad, to achieve today’s success and it has been my pleasure to have helped her! She got some smashing compliments from the examiner too on the quality of her awareness!

Enjoy continued safe driving to and from work Kathryn, and good luck with that Open University course! Looking forward to catching up in a few weeks, once you are settled in your new home…… Its all happening eh?

By |September 3rd, 2018|

*** Congratulations Gio ***

What a fabulous morning!! English isn’t Giovanna Summer’s first language, so she had an extra hurdle or two to jump in order to pass her theory and practical driving tests. she has worked so hard to get this done. Thankyou to Steve, her hubby, who sat beside her as she drove him and little Nicolas around at the weekend. Continue your good, safe driving Gio. It has been a delight to help you xx

By |August 30th, 2018|

*** Testimonial – Tom Charlton ***

I passed my test age 17 and didn’t drive for over 10 years. The more time I left it, the less I wanted to get back into a car! Lin was calm, patient and encouraging and quickly got me driving through traffic, on motorways and managing manoeuvres. I can’t thank her enough for her support and would recommend her services to anyone wanting to get back on the road.

By |August 24th, 2018|

*** Congratulations Lily Stone ***

A super test pass, in her own car,  for Lily yesterday. Lily loves driving her Smart car and decided that was the car to use on test in West Wickham. Her decision was well founded as she was only given one driving fault!! Well done Lily….. stay safe xx


By |July 14th, 2018|

*** Congratulations Connor Franklin ***

A wonderful smile from Connor, following his test pass at Sevenoaks in his own car! I’m immensely proud of him!! Connor passed both his theory and practical tests despite his learning difficulties and because he wanted this badly, worked hard and kept focussing on his goals. The private practice and experience of using his car to drive the family around in the last few months has paid dividends. Congratulations Connor ( and thankyou Pauline)….. my goodness you deserve this success. Have fun xx

By |July 13th, 2018|

*** Massive, massive MASSIVE congratulations to Bliss ***

After applying herself to learning all that was necessary, Bliss Jackson passed her theory test today after 3 YEARS of trying!! Im sooooooo proud of her; she’s kept going when so many would have given up. The look on her face as she came out of the test centre and RAN at me was a picture I’ll remember for ever, I reckon. A huge well done, Bliss. You’re a star!

By |July 12th, 2018|

*** Congratulations Kirsty ***

A smashing Theory Test pass for Kirsty Laws today; 48 for the questions and 64 for the Hazard Perception element can be bad eh?? Onwards Lady!!

By |July 9th, 2018|

*** Congratulations to Donna Edwards ***

Well done Donna: a fabulous first time pass at the Theory and Hazard Perception Test today. Nearly there……

By |June 29th, 2018|

*** Congratulations Michelle ***

Well done Michelle Cheung; a fab, first attempt pass at the Theory and Hazard Perception Test in Crawley.  Onwards….. Lets get this done.

By |June 25th, 2018|

*** Congratulations to Tom Brodie ***

Congratulations to Tom Brodie who took his driving test in Sevenoaks this morning and passed, with no faults recorded, in his own car. He’s looking forward to driving to his girlfriend in sunny Eastbourne this afternoon…… but I’ve left it long enough not to spoil the surprise!! Enjoy your lovely car and the freedom it gives you, Tom. See you soon


…….. and thanks for the lovely flowers xx

By |April 25th, 2018|

*** “Who’d have guessed it, Francesca Lovegrove? ***

Francesca started lessons about 5 months ago…… in pieces!! Just sitting in the drivers’ seat was a massive deal!! We started with her just steering along a quiet. straight road, with me controlling everything else…….. and eventually, she smiled!!!

Today, despite lots of tears at the start of her test, she used the coping strategies that have become part of her driving…… and managed a first time test pass in Sevenoaks!

…… and I got a bottle of fizz!!

Thankyou xx

By |March 8th, 2018|