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.
What people have said
“Today I passed my driving test first time and with no minors, thanks to the wonderful teaching of Lin, who has the patience and empathy to get anyone through their lessons and test.
After a rocky start to my driving with an instructor who broke my confidence, I was destined to drive alongside my husband forever, until I met Lin who with straight talking and no gimmicks allowed me to believe that I could do it. Lin answered my questions and supported me throughout with no judgement just advice even when we wernt on a lesson, I knew she was always there for me.
I never felt I was having a lesson, just a drive out with my friend, which I often led.
The day of my test I was a bag of nerves, until I got in the car with Lin.
I can’t thank Lin enough and will always be grateful for her just being her.” Tasha Poor – November 2019
“Lin is an absolute gem of a teacher, she made me feel so calm and confident, she adjusted to my learning pace and really took her time to explain any manoeuvres I didnt understand, even if it meant repeating it 23 times. She really cares about her students and it shows. My lessons with Lin have been so wonderful and i’ll really miss having our chats and laughs every week, anyone who gets the chance to learn with this lovely lady is truly lucky ❤❤🚗” Noa Ofir – October 2019
“I came to Lin from a previous bad experience with a driving instructor, I was quite nervous and wasn’t sure how it would go. Lin instantly made me feel at ease and relaxed from our first lesson. From then on Lin really helped me with my driving and I could see progress every week! She gave me all the resources I needed for my theory and my test, and because of all her help and dedication I passed my theory and test first time. A big thank you Lin!!! ” Tierney Hunt – October 2019
I was a very nervous driver and had never continued with driving lessons when i was younger because of this. When I had my children I realised that i needed to learn to drive and looked for an automatic instructor, thank goodness I found Lin!! From the beginning Lin put me at ease, taking things slowly but pushing me enough to build up my confidence. She never made me feel stupid when I made silly mistakes (which I did often!!) and gave me tips to help me remember how to do the things that I was struggling with. The most important thing was that Lin understood that I was nervous and remained calm at all times which made me calm too.
I really enjoyed our lessons where we chatted away about life and laughed a lot!
It was great to realise that finally I could actually drive and have the confidence to go for the test, which I passed first time thanks to Lin’s support.
I can’t thank her enough and would highly recommend her to anybody. Helen O’Donnell – September 2019
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 to improve road safety and started the BTEC Level 4 Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development. In fact I did it twice, as my understanding and goals altered! 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.
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.
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.
Driver training locations
Edenbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, West Wickham, Reigate and surrounding areas
Driver training prices
Lessons: £48 / hr (£30 discount when you buy a block of 10 hours)
Pass Plus and Refresher training: £50 / hr
ADI/PDI training: £50 / hr
Fleet training: bespoke price on application