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Driving School Eastbourne – Begin Driving

Manual and Automatic lessons

Begin Driving based in Eastbourne was established in 2004 and is currently expanding – meet our team…

driving instructor allan leith

Allan Leith

Founder and principal instructor Allan Leith was trained as an instructor whilst serving with HM armed forces where he taught recruits for several years. After leaving the army Allan qualified as a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and went on to establish Begin Driving and has been successfully training drivers in the Eastbourne and surrounding areas since 2004. With a broad background of driving experience from motorcycles to articulated lorries, Allan brings his expertise to you – whether you’re a beginner, already have some driving experience, want to complete the Pass Plus scheme or just require some refresher or motorway lessons.


scott reedScott Reed

Scott joined Begin Driving in October 2016 after a 20 year career in print and media. After moving to the Eastbourne area in 2015 Scott was ready for a career change and trained as a driving instructor. He is a highly driven individual with a relaxing patient attitude to teaching. With a keen interest in martial arts, football, swimming and badminton, Scott is a welcome fresh face to the Begin Driving Team.


fazel sharifatFazel Sharifat

Fazel joined the Begin Driving team in June 2017, he qualified as a driving instructor in 2005 and has worked mainly in the Eastbourne area. He has a keen interest in sport with football being his main passion, he played for Eastbourne united during the 1980’s becoming one of the top scorers! Fazel is bilingual, speaking Farsi and English fluently. He is a hard working dedicated individual and will be a valuable member of the Begin Driving Team.


Ugur YildirimUgur Yildirim

Ugur Yildirim joined the Begin Driving Team in April 2018. Ugur originates from Turkey and has been resident in the UK for many years. He moved to the Eastbourne area 12 years ago and worked in the catering industry where he opened his own coffee shop. More recently he took up taxi driving in Eastbourne and has become a family man with two children and another on the way. Ugur has a keen interest in football both as a player and spectator he also enjoys road cycling. He is bilingual, speaking English and Turkish fluently. Ugur will be working in the Eastbourne and surrounding areas as a manual driving instructor with us and we wish him all the success for his future with Begin Driving.


Training with Begin Driving will get you motivated and mobile…



by Jacco Renstrom on Begin Driving

Massive thanks to Scott for the fantastic teaching I received allowing me to pass first time. Tremendously encouraging and friendly but also challenging me such that I was extremely prepared for the practical test. Thank you very much.

by Lucinda on Begin Driving

A huge huge thanks to Ugur for being such a fantastic instructor and enabling me to pass with only 4 minors. Ugur has the perfect balance of always being friendly but professional, offered clear advice and was always enthusiastic about my progress which was such a confidence booster. I thoroughly recommend him and Begin Driving to everyone. Thanks again!

by Matt on Begin Driving

I couldn't recommend Ugur more. He's very friendly, extremely patient and a great teacher. I recommended him to my friends before I even passed (with only two minors). I'll miss his jokes for sure. Thanks Ugur!

by Meg on Begin Driving

Allan is a great instructor, having previously failed twice, I started lessons with Allan and he was so patient, relaxed and calm, he really gave me confidence to overcome the exam nerves and to pass the test on the next attempt. Very grateful, thanks Allan. Highly recommended.

by Jack Stepney on Begin Driving

I have passed first time with Ugur with only 4 minor faults. Ugur has been really helpful, always turning up on time. Really easy going guy, knows his stuff. Thank you for making it so enjoyable and for helping me achieve my aim of driving by Christmas.

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