• Learn to Drive at any age
    from 14+ to test standard
  • 60 Hectare Site
    with full road layout
  • Gift Vouchers Available
    Ideal for Birthday and Christmas Gifts
  • It's really good ...
    ... I learnt everything really quickly,
    I passed first time!
    Shane Darward
  • My Sister and I ...
    ... both passed our test first time!
    Laura Wiseman
  • They are BRILLIANT :) ...
    ... I really enjoyed my lessons
    Jessica Graham
  • Started at aged 16 ...
    ... Very Friendly, Passed first time!
    Richard Gibbon

Driving Lessons in Carlisle - Start from the age of 14 to any age.

It's quite a scary place to learn to drive on today's busy road systems, especially with Carlisle's one way system - so why don't you start somewhere safer, with no traffic, so that you can learn to control a car before testing the roads.

New Starters Driving School has access to a full 60 hectare site with large tarmac area and road layout, just on the outskirts of Carlisle.

We can teach you how to set off safely, pull up safely, steer correctly, use the gears and clutch, engine breaking and even how to do a hill start all on your first lesson. With as little risk as possible as there's no other traffic.

You can come back and learn how to do T junctions and all your manouvers before risking the roads.

Our driving instructor, Stephen Philipson, is a fully qualified, DBS checked, DVSA approved driving instructor. He has been teaching for over 5 years with an excellent pass rate. So if you want, we would love it if you stayed with us when you venture out on the highways.


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  • Annabelle Burne

    Congratulations Annabelle on your first time test pass in Carlsile today. Annabelle started with us on our pre learner site in Houghton and has went on to pass first time with our instructor John Collins.

    Annabelle said that when looking for an instructor she wanted somneone who should could get along with and that had good pass rates. When asked how learning to drive comnpared to what she had thought she said it was quicker than expected and that her instructors teaching methods were very good. Annabelle added she would recommend us as John was kind and massively improved her confidence on the road and Rebecca was great to.

  • Matthew Chambers

    Congratulations Matthew on passing with our instructor John wardle. Matthew had this to say about his experience.............

    When learning to drive matthew started on our pre learner site in Carlisle. He wanted an instructor with a good reputation and a high pass rate. When learning to drive Matthew had thought it would have been easier but when he got used to driving he felt more comfortable, he found his instructors teaching methods were very clear and friendly and he would recommend us as he could see his improvements on every lesson. Matthew added that the only thing he would have improved on was that he would have liked to have done his manouvres earlier.

  • Lauren sellars

    Congratulations Lauren on passing with our New starters instructor Stephen, Lauren reviewed our service and had this to say....

    The most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they had to be reliable, Lauren also wanted someone who was affordable. When learning to drive it was really good and what Lauren had expected, she found her instructors teaching methods were really good and Lauren would recommend New starters as we were very reliable and nice to our customers.

  • Joseph Jackson

    Well done on your test pass in carlisle Joseph and many thanks for the review you sent us.

    When looking for an instructor Joseph said the most important thing was that he was able to do some of his learning before he was 17 years old that's one of the reasons he chose new starters driving school as we have an off road driving site for under 17s where he covered a lot of his driving, the other thing he wanted was an instructor with a good reputation and pass rate. When learning to drive with John Collins, Joseph said it was a lot easier than he had expected and his teaching methods were excellent. When asked if he would recommend us Joseph said yes and he already has.

  • Tia boertien 2

    Congratulations to Tia Boertien who passed with new starters instructor John Wardle in Carlisle, Tia reviewed our services and had this to say....................................

    When looking for an instructor the most important bcriteria was the instructors reputation and Tia had already been told that John was a good instructor to go wth for lessons. When driving Tia found her instructors teaching methods excellent and she has added she would recommend new starters and there was nothing she could think of to improve our services.

  • Amy Jane Cleminson

    Well done to Amy who passed her test today first time today from your instructor Stephen.

    When looking for an instructor Amy wanted someone who was easy going and patient. Compared to what she initially thought Amy found everything alot easier and her instructors teaching methods were brilliant. When asked about recommendations Amy said she would definately recommend us as she couldn't fault her instructor and everything was 100%.

    Congratulations Amy and we wish you safe driving for life from all at new starters driving school.

  • Henry Richards

    Henry Richards was taught by our instructor John wardle in carlisle, he said that his most important criteria when choosing an instructor was that they were friendly and easy going, other factors were that they had to be reliable. When learning to drive with new starters driving school it was as expected and found my instructors teaching methods were really good. Henry added that he would recommend new starters driving school (and already has), the service was superb and there was nothing he would recommend as an improvement.

  • Jamie Carruthers

    Jamie Carruthers of carlisle passed his test with John wardle, we asked Jamie if he could review us and he had this to say.

    When Jamie was looking for an instructor they had to have the ability to get him through his test quickly, be friendly and able to have a laugh (Jamie passed in less than 2 months). Jamie said whilst learning to drive it was easier and more enjoyable than he thought it would be and his instructors teaching methods were spot on. He has said that he would recommend us because both the driving school and instructor were fantastic and he wouldnt improve on anything as everything was great.

  • samuel bloomfield

    A big congratulations to Samuel Bloomfield who passed in Carlisle with New starters instructor Mark......

    Samuel started on our prelearner site before going out onto the roads, he reviewed New starters driving school and said,

    When looking for an instructor Samuel wanted someone who was able to do after 5.30pm and he wanted somewhere to practice before going onto the roads. He also added that if needed he wanted the option of other instructors. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he found his instructors teaching methods good and useful. Samuel added that he would recommend new starters as his instructor was friendly and reliable.

  • Keith filmer

    Congratulations to Keith on passing his test with new starters driving school in carlisle. We asked keith to review us and he had this to say,

    when choosing a driving school Keith said that he had always wanted to support new starters driving school as he knew Stephen. When learning to drive with his instructor John Collins he said that he progresssed a lot quicker than he had anticipated and that his instructors teaching methods were second to none. Keith has already recommended new starters driving school and said there was nothing that he would add to improve our services.



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“The Cumbria Road Safety Partnership congratulates and endorses the New Starters Driving School of Carlisle in the innovative approach used in their teaching of road craft to young drivers.”