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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.


automatic driving instructor begin drivingNigel Carter – Automatic instructor

Nigel Carter joined the Begin Driving Team in April 2018. Nigel was born and brought up in Eastbourne and has lived mainly in the old town area. After leaving school he worked in the building trade for a number of years before he joined the army serving Queen and country for four years. Back in Eastbourne he built up a property portfolio as a professional residential landlord. He later became a taxi driver and after 20 years decided a career change was needed and has become a driving instructor. In his spare time he enjoys riding his motorcycle, keeping fit, walking and watching the occasional film. He will be working with our automatic customers in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas utilising his vast knowledge of the local area and driving expertise. We wish Nigel all the success for his future with Begin Driving.


Training with Begin Driving will get you motivated and mobile…



by Jamie Simpson on Begin Driving

I would recommend Begin Driving to anyone Fazel Sharifat is an incredible instructor and supported me through to pass my test first time.

by Reuben Powell on Begin Driving

Ugur is an excellent driving instructor and I would highly recommend him to anyone thinking about having lessons with Begin Driving. His systematic and most importantly friendly approach to instruction meant I felt ready and confident to take my test when the day came! The company also offers great resources for theory test revision! Thanks Ugur!

by Oscar on Begin Driving

I would first like to start out by thanking Allan from Begin Driving for helping me pass my test even after the times where my confidence became shunted due to minor driving errors. But throughout the entire experience he always pushed me to achieve. I would recommend him to anyone that’s trying to take up driving.

by Dana on Begin Driving

Scott has been an amazing teacher for me, he is always patient with me and very understanding. I cannot thank Scott enough for helping my pass first time, I completely recommend him and I haven enjoyed every lesson with him as he makes lessons fun. As previously said I cannot thank Scott enough for everything he has done for me!!

by Elaine on Begin Driving

Fazel is an amazing instructor. I was terrified of sitting behind the wheel and he gave me the confidence to continue. I passed first time and it's all thanks to him. Cannot recommend Begin Driving and Faz enough.

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