About Lin Webb of 1nfluence Driver Training

I grew up in South London, with the finest Dad to ever roam this land. He had the ability to put people at their ease. They trusted him and were able to open up and talk through their hopes, fears and anxieties, safe in the knowledge that he would give them his full attention and support them to the best of his ability. He passed away a number of years ago now, but I’d like to think part of him lives on in me.

My pre-driver training background was largely involved in helping, supporting, encouraging and motivating primary school children who had learning and behavioural issues. One of the most important things I learnt is that each individual learns differently, so applying the same techniques to everyone isn’t going to work.

When I started working in the driver training sector back in 1998, I trained largely with BSM. I then transferred to AA Driving School where I became an instructor coach and mentor, supporting other instructors in the area to create what they wanted from their businesses. While with AA Driving School I became a Fleet Registered Trainer, an ORDIT Trainer, and ran some of the company’s Induction and Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) development courses.

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Following a period of time working independently and with a business partner, I set up 1nfluence Driver Trainers Ltd, which became 1nfluence Driver Training Ltd at the beginning of 2017.

I’ve always been very slightly ‘addicted’ to taking further training and in 2011, I became curious about using coaching techniques to improve road safety. I started the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development… in fact, I did it twice as my understanding and goals altered as I progressed. Producing ‘thinking’ drivers by sharing ideas and coming up with solutions together encourages them be more self-aware, more responsible and better able to make independent decisions for a lifetime.

Around this time I also took a 3 day Approved Driving Instructor course at Queen Elizabeth Foundation (a leading disability charity) in Carshalton in Surrey. This course inspired me to take an interest in more challenging customers. I feel it’s important not to ‘label’ people but to be creative in finding a learning style which works for that individual. My diary has gradually become full with pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and various other learning differences, mobility difficulties and those with high anxiety.

Lin says:

“Driver training is more than a job to me. I love helping others achieve success, whatever that is to them. It’s a fantastic feeling when you see the smiles on their faces when they reach their goal. I am committed to carry on learning, and I’d love to help YOU.”

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Is turning right into a side road potentially more dangerous than you think.... and is there anything you could do about it?

We often don't think twice when turning right into a side road, do we? You go through the checking of mirrors, a signal, and then slow or wait opposite the junction, looking for a gap in oncoming traffic... that's it isn't it?

But how about the traffic behind, especially if your junction is just around a bend or over the crest of a hill? Many crashes happen when a car hits the back of another.........!! Is there anything you can do about it?

Well, if you keep your wheels straight and keep an eye on your rear-view mirror, you might have the option to accelerate and drive away from the situation!! No crash and no being pushed into oncoming traffic!! Phew!! 🚗
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Working with a mix of lovely drivers today:
🚗Starting with a Polish lady who has dyspraxic tendencies and wants help with dealing with getting lost when on big roundabouts when driving ahead or turning right.
🚗A first on-road lesson with a lad with Global Developmental Delay and some processing issues. He's super keen to start learning to drive.
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If not now...... when?
Can we help?
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Do you ever drink and drive? Really? What does that question even mean to you?

Most responsible people would never think of drinking before or while driving..... But do people mean they wouldn’t exceed the Drink Drive limit? Or that they would never allow the slightest drop of alcohol to pass their lips before driving?

Legal limits can be confusing when people often don't know how many units of alcohol you can legally drink.... or what a unit actually looks like, when it differs based on the amount and strength of the alcohol or even which part of the UK you are in!!

The way alcohol affects people depends on many things too:
*your weight, age, sex and metabolism
*the type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking
*what you’ve eaten recently
*your stress levels at the time

Ultimately, the only totally safe limit for driving is NO alcohol.

Drinking and driving could cost people a driving licence, a job, but worse still a life!!
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Member of the Motor Schools Association

IAM Roadsmart Advanced Driver - Aiming to improve driving standards

Member of online site preparing drivers for the UK Driver Theory Test

Pass Plus registered

Member of the Confident Drivers website - Offering additional support for nervous & anxious drivers

Driving Standards Agency
Fully Qualified & Approved Driving Instructor

ROSPA Advanced Driver - Encouraging an interest in road safety, standards and skills