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*** Testimonial Jaine Burton ***

Lin, wow!! What can I say…. quite the most amazing lady I think I have ever met! I feel truly blessed to work with her!

I came to Lin with no self-confidence, no self-belief and very anxious after spending most of my life being told, ‘You’ll never do that!’ But with Lin’s patience and empathy and her absolute belief in me, when I didn’t even believe in myself, my self confidence grew.

Today she took me to my Theory Test which I passed first time! I am now looking forward to my driving test believing I CAN do this, and a whole new life ahead…… None of this would have been possible without such an amazing lady. I will be forever in her debt, She never judges, just supports endlessly.

Its also proof that you’re never too young to learn…. AT THE AGE OF 53!!

Jaine Burton

By |March 9th, 2020|

*** Testimonial – David Aston ***

After 60 years experience of driving, I know I’d never have passed this appraisal and got my licence back without Lin’s help!

I had to give my licence up 7 years ago after having both legs and 3 fingers on my right hand amputated due to ill health. After getting used to the new me, I had to learn to drive again with a steering ball and a brake/ accelerator lever with an indicator switch.

I took an appraisal a year or so back, without any professional help and, sad to say, I failed abysmally! But this time aound I found someone to help me. Lin was very experienced in working with people like me and she spoke to the Examiner on my behalf prior to the test. She suggested I had a metal plate fitted infront of the pedals, for safety, as she even noticed that my prosthetic twitched. I learnt something new each time we went out driving.

After my successful appraisal, I’ve just received my full licence back. My wife and I are fully mobile again now, planning some driving to family and friends all over the country that we haven’t seen in a while.

Thanks Lin, I now fully understand that I needed to improve and you’ve made me a much safer driver.

By |March 5th, 2020|

*** Congratulations Rhiannon Drillsma ***

Wow, you’ve only gone and done it!! A smashing driving test pass in Tunbridge Wells today, after finally overcoming the anxiety you’ve held about driving for a number of years.

Enjoy your BMW Dog-mobile shopping at the weekend. Let me know how you get on eh?

By |March 3rd, 2020|

*** Woohoo, getting there Jaine ***

Congratulations Jaine; a brilliant theory and hazard perception test pass in Tunbridge Wells today. One step closer to being able to explore the area around home and to go off camping with your dogs!! 🙂

By |March 3rd, 2020|

*** Testimonial – Lisa Groves ***

Both my children, George and Millie, have had the pleasure of learning to drive with Lin from 1nfluence.

George has a paralysis to his left arm and needed to drive in an adapted automatic car. Lin was amazing, she was calm and patient and always made sure he was comfortable with everything they were working on. He began driving around August/September and passed by early December the same year.

So when my daughter Millie was due to learn, I had no hesitation in contacting Lin again and yesterday Millie passed her driving test after just a few lessons: she only started her lessons late November, just after her 17th birthday.

Millie looked forward to and enjoyed her lessons and said Lin was great. She felt relaxed and confident with everything. Lin complimented her on her driving just after one lesson. She also remembered George, her brother, who passed with her 3 years ago. I believe this says a lot about a person.

Thank you Lin for all your great efforts with my two children.

Please ensure you use Lin at 1nluence….. an amazing lady!

Lisa Groves

By |March 2nd, 2020|

*** Congratulations Millie Groves ***

Well, she’s got that driving licence she’s been working towards having passed her driving test at Redhill Aerodrome this afternoon!! Millie had her first drive on her 17th birthday (just before Christmas) and passed her theory test just a week or so after. We booked her test straight away as it was clear that, just like her brother George, Millie wasn’t going to need many lessons at all. We had to wait a bit longer than we wanted, but it gave Millie the opportunity to get a little more experience. Today’s examiner told her that it ‘was a really good drive’…….. so now its done!! Im dead proud!

Enjoy your car shopping this weekend, Millie. I’m looking forward to seeing a picture of your new car. See you soon xx

By |February 26th, 2020|

*** Congratulations David Aston ***

It was fabulous to hear David shouting down the phone, “I’ve done it Lin, I’ve done it!!” having completed his Driving Appraisal in Crawley this morning.

Although he has been a full licence holder for more than 50 years, David needed training to drive his newly-adapted car, after life changing surgery and to look at his driving with a fresh pair of eyes, after having no input since passing his Driving Test all those years ago. We have been working together for the last 6 weeks or so, to ensure he achieved the control required to be safe, when driving himself and his wife around in the future. He was really motivated to get himself driving independently and so, following each session, he made time to research or practice the things we had highlighted. Today’s result of 3 x Bs and As in all other categories means that he should get his full licence back very soon now.

Well done for all your hard work David, you really have done it!! Congratulations xx


By |February 3rd, 2020|

*** Congratulations Maegan Dalley ***

A lovely superb first time driving test pass for Maegan Dalley at Sevenoaks today!

Maegan had a few lessons in a manual car a few months back but was always confused by the workings of the gearbox. In November, she started lessons in my automatic and in November, as soon as she passed the theory test, we booked todays practical test.

Generally when an Examiner calls an instructor over to the car at the end of the test its to give bad news……. but not this time! ‘One of the best drives I’ve had in a long while’ he said. A great testament to your hard work and the extra driving you’ve been doing with mum; a massive well done Maegan!


By |January 29th, 2020|

*** 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|