• Allan Leith driving instructor eastbourne
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Driving School Eastbourne – Begin Driving

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.


Driving Instructor Bill HainesBill Haines

Bill Haines joined Begin Driving in November 2014.
After a career in the London Fire Brigade spanning twenty five years Bill qualified as a DVSA Driving Instructor (ADI) in 2000. During his time in the Fire Brigade he undertook many roles involved in training as well as his usual duties. From 2000 Bill worked as an ADI in the London area before moving to Eastbourne in 2005. Bill has a broad background in the driving industry from motorcycles to HGV’s (fire engines included) and is greatly experienced in training drivers of varied levels from beginners to potential taxi drivers and much more.


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 May 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 – picture to follow.


Training with Begin Driving will get you motivated and mobile…



by Monica on Begin Driving

I was an absolute mess as a driver in my first lesson. Cannot thank Allan Leith enough for his patience with me; would definitely recommend him as a driving instructor! Genuinely believe that I wouldn't have been able to pass my test first time with only 3 minors! I had so many ups and downs over the whole process but Allan helped me to never give up! Thank you so much Allan! 😀

by Eniko Fabian on Begin Driving

I was struggling to find an instructor for some time. Allan kindly took me under his wings and everything went extremely quickly and well from there. He is an amazing teacher, incredibly patient and supportive. It took me 3 months to pass the test on a first attempt. I can never thank you enough.

by Jack Brown on Begin Driving

Scott is a really good teacher and is extremely patient. I’d recommend him to anyone who is considering to start driving.

by Lucy nokes on Begin Driving

Thank you so much Allan for helping me pass first time and with only 4 minors !! You are such a good driving instructor and was very Calm when I began to learn, thank you so much and will definitely be getting my friends and family to go with Begin Driving.

by Joe Court on Begin Driving

Huge thanks to Allan for helping me pass first time on both the theory and practical test. Theory test Pro is very useful for the theory test which they set you up on for free. The car was so nice to drive in and Allan made the driving experience very enjoyable. Would highly recommend.

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