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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…

Latest Team News: Two new instructors have now joined the Begin Driving Team they are Ugur Yildirim and Nigel Carter, you can read about them below – we wish them all the best for their future with Begin Driving.  

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 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 Yildrim

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 Louis Masseron on Begin Driving

I can’t recommend Begin Driving enough. Allan is a great guy and a beast of a teacher, enforcing military discipline in our lessons to ensure constant progression. I appreciate the approach of teaching how to drive rather than teaching test routes, as I now feel better prepared for the real world. Additionally, the car was a dream and the rates very reasonable. 10/10 would begin again. Thanks guys!

by Nathan obrien on Begin Driving

I’m very happy with my experience with Scott, I passed with 3 minors because the quality of the instruction was 1st class and would recommend this school to anyone looking to start.

by Manjola Veliu on Begin Driving

Can’t thank my instructor Fazel enough he was very helpful and supportive, every lesson he would make me feel more confident and reassured. A massive thank you to Fazel for being so patient and calm with me – I would definitely recommend Begin Driving.

by Irem on Begin Driving

I have passed my driving exam with the help of Ugur, therefore thank you very much to Ugur for helping me pass my driving test with only 3 minors. He has been very helpful, patient and calm. He explained everything clearly and made sure I got everything right before going for my test. I would recommend him to anyone starting driving lessons.

by Isabel on Begin Driving

Ugur was a great driving instructor. He was really thorough and determined to make sure I passed my test. He cares a lot about his work and his meticulous approach meant I passed first time. Thank you so much for being patient with me and my silly mistakes.

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