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*** Testimonial – Adrian Shelton ***

A big thanks to Adrian for telling the story of his training with 1nfluence Driver Training:

“After being diagnosed with MS, I have had to change to driving with hand controls. I was recommended Lin at 1nfluence. She made the transition to the new driving methods very easy. Everything was explained in a way that it made it very easy to pick up the new way of driving. Lin also made me feel very comfortable and totally relaxed in my new environment.
Anyone who needs to drive with hand controls, either as a learner, or like myself having to retrain so to carry on motoring then Lin at 1nfluence Driver Training would be the person to contact. Cannot praise her highly enough, she has allowed me to be independent again. Thank you”

By |October 15th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Steve King ***

Phew!! You did it!!! After training to pass three tests; a theory driving and the all important teaching…….. you are now a fully qualified Driving Instructor. Keep in touch and have lots of fun in your new career, Steve 🙂

By |October 12th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Jo Crawford ***

Brilliant result. After three fabulous test passes Jo is no longer a Potential Driving Instructor!! Fully qualified and ready to start her own driver training business. Jo passed her final test in Sevenoaks this morning after a lot of hard work. A well deserved result Jo; well done, Lady!!

By |October 12th, 2017|

Congratulations Kerry McSweeney

Yayyyy!!!! A first time driving test pass for Kerry McSweeney today in Sevenoaks, with just the 2 driving faults. What a change in confidence in the last few months!!! Huge congratulations Kerry; VERY well done Lady. See you soon xx


By |October 3rd, 2017|

Congratulations Adrian Shelton

Lovely news from Adrian…… after re-training to use hand controls after illness meant he was unable to use his legs and feet, Adrian managed to impress his Assessor at South East Motability yesterday. This means his driving licence should be re-issued in the very near future and life can get a lot more interesting again!!

By |October 3rd, 2017|

Congratulations Angie Meadows

Dead proud of Angie today, as she passed her driving test this afternoon at Reigate Test Centre. Angie had thought about learning to drive for some time, but found her dyslexic and dyspraxic tendencies and high anxiety got in the way. Over time she found strategies that ensured she was more confident and ultimately brought success. Well done Angie xx

By |September 14th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Emily Holmes ***

From an anxious young lady who put learning to drive off for some time, to a driver competent enough to pass her driving test on her one and only attempt at Sevenoaks Test Centre with just the one driving fault in the space of a few months. Well done Emily; a stunning and well deserved result!! Good luck on Thursday…….. and have fun in your lovely mini xx

Emily Holmes – Passed 15th August 2017 – Sevenoaks

By |August 15th, 2017|

*** Testimonial – Jamie-Leigh Ellis ***

This has got to be the finest testimonial any Driver Trainer would want to receive!!! I’m so happy to have made a difference! Thank Jamie xx

When I first met Lin I was highly anxious. I had put off driving for such a long time but I turned 30 this year and I set myself a challenge to overcome my fears. I had, had some lessons years ago in both manual and automatic but soon learnt that automatic was best suited for myself (Hill starts in a manual often ended in tears). Ironically I loved driving and often became frustrated with myself for letting my anxiety win. Lin from the offset was calm, relaxed, open and reassuring. She really understood my anxiety and dealt with them with ease and such expertise. It soon became apparent that the main issue was that I was my own worst enemy. It was very easy for me to turn a situation into a negative, I would be incredibly hard on myself and it was easy to oversee the positives of any lessons. Often things were never as bad as what I thought! My lessons with Lin weren’t just driving lessons but also internal self development lessons. It enabled me to see how I could deal with situations, not just in driving but in life also. The way I would process things in a negative would impact my driving and in my life. Lin helps me to work through this and see what I was doing. I became more aware of this and over time it didn’t impact on my driving as much. The good driver that I know I am started to come out and with Lin’s encouragement I started to believe it and drive as though I knew it. I have now passed my driving test and I am finally living the life with freedom that I have always wanted. I honestly couldn’t recommend Lin enough, her skills really do go beyond driving and if you suffer with anxiety like myself, she really is the best person to guide you through what I can only describe as a life changing experience.


By |August 15th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Jamie-Leigh Ellis ***

It was well worth the early start for Jamie as she blitzed her driving test in Sevenoaks this morning with just 2 driving faults. Its been great to see her self-belief grow from the highly anxious driver a few months ago!! Strange how one of her biggest fears was taking the theory and hazard perception test back then, but she worked so hard both at that and driving that she’s now a smiling full licence holder. I’m looking forward to hearing about her drive to Devon……. then I will really know she’s become the driver she dreamed of being.

By |August 8th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Isidora ***

A lovely test pass for Isidora in Tunbridge Wells today…… Izzy has been living in the States for a few years and needed to take a UK test, now that she has moved back here with her young family. Izzy only needed a few hours training with Lin and her trainee Jo to get the full UK she wanted.



By |July 18th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Kiera Rowlinson ***

A massive well done to Kiera, who passed her Theory and Hazard Perception test yesterday after using our practice site to do masses of revision. Dead proud of you Kiera!!


By |July 14th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Shirani Krishnakumar ***

What a fab day!!! Shirani took her driving test this morning in Sevenoaks, and after 20 years of trying to achieve ‘driver’ status, she did it!!! Massive congratulations Shirani: you have worked so very hard to achieve this result!! 🙂

Shirani Krishnakumar – Passed 28th June 2017 – Sevenoaks

By |June 28th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Megan Armitage ***

Yayyyy! A superb result for Megan: a first time driving test pass in Sevenoaks this afternoon. Well done Megan, I can’t wait to see your lovely car and hear about you driving Nina all over the place!! Life is going to be so fabulous!!

By |June 6th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Emily Holmes ***

Another Theory Test pass: this time for Emily Holmes. Emily managed her Theory Test learning around her A level revision, so did a fabulous job at a tricky time!! Well done Emily. How do you feel about booking that Practical Test now?


By |June 4th, 2017|

*** Congratulations to Rob Springett ***

Rob has been learning to drive for a while now: you can’t knock the effort he puts in and its been fab to notice how much he’s learnt about himself and his attitude to life (and learning) during this time. He started revising for the theory test a long while ago using our Theory Test Pro site and the Driving Success DVD. To begin with he struggled to achieve 20/50 on the multiple choice question element, but never gave up. He set himself mini success goals and was thrilled when he first achieved a score of 30.  He kept going: that’s Rob!!  Finally, yesterday he managed to pass the test in Tunbridge Wells…… I think he deserves to PARTY!!

By |May 31st, 2017|

*** Congratulations Kerry McSweeney ***

An early start for Kerry this morning, travelling into Croydon to take her Driving Theory Test, and pass in style!! Well done Kerry, a great effort to get this done first time.

By |May 27th, 2017|

*** Testimonial – Chris Walker ***

After returning from serving in Afghanistan with severe leg injuries, Chris decided to train to drive in order to give himself better job opportunities and to be independently mobile in the future. His strong motivation to move life on meant training was minimal. He achieved a no fault test recently and had this to say….

‘Where do I start…… 1nfluence was perfect for me in many factors; Lin was an absolute hero and fantastic to be sat next to. She gave me courage and confidence every step of the way. She explained everything perfectly. On test day she made me feel comfortable and calm and I passed with flying colours, all thanks to Lin. So I would highly recommend this company any day.

Thank you very much for all of your help. I wish you all the very best in the future. Take care, Chris xxxx ‘

By |May 24th, 2017|

*** Massive Congratulations to Chris Walker ***

Well, after just 6 hours of training Chris passed his driving test in Sevenoaks this afternoon with NO driving faults!! What a fabulous attitude to training from the word go!! Congratulations Chris, this was a thoroughly well deserved result. Enjoy the freedom this gives you and good luck in the future with the HGV training when it happens. A pleasure working with you, Sir!!

By |May 18th, 2017|

Congratulations James Green

A stunning Theory Test pass for James this week….. 50/50 for the questions and 67 for the hazard perception element!! Boooooom!!

By |May 12th, 2017|

*** Congratulations Jamie-Leigh Ellis ***

Yayyyyyy!!! Despite the months of worry, a FANTASTIC theory test pass today for Jamie- Leigh Ellis. You should feel so proud of this pass: thoroughly well deserved!!……That’s the tricky bit done!

By |April 19th, 2017|