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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 Samantha Steer on Begin Driving

Allan was a game changer for my driving lessons. Everything was logical and calm and helped me pass my test first time which is something I never imagined possible. Thanks Begin Driving.

by Louis Otto on Begin Driving

Ugur is a fantastic instructor, I passed 1st time, very thorough driving instructions and easy to learn from.

by Furkan on Begin Driving

Thanks very much to Ugur I have passed my test with 3 minors faults. He is a very experienced instructor and he always makes sure that you are driving with no faults. I’m very happy that he was my instructor and I would definitely recommend to everyone.

by James on Begin Driving

I started learning over a year ago now with a different instructor. Each time I took my test I would freeze up with nerves and would make silly mistakes. I started having lessons with Allan and he really helped me to calm down and to stop rushing and, finally, today I've passed! He's been a fantastic instructor and I would certainly recommend him, especially to anyone who, like me, finds tests a real nail-biting experience! Thank you very much Allan.

by Siobhán on Begin Driving

Thanks very much to Ugur for his brilliant teaching! From day one he went the extra mile in helping me to past my test. Would definitely recommend him to any one considering lessons.

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