• 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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  • sarah martin

    Congratulations to Sarah Martin who passed first time in Carlisle with our instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Sarah wanted someone who she could start with right away and who was flexible. When learning to drive it was as she expected and she found her instructors teaching methods fine. Sarah passed first time and said this would be why she would rcommend us.

    Thank you for your review Sarah.

  • lewis willbourne

    Congratulations Lewis on your driving test pass with Kenny at new starters driving school, Lewis reviewed us and said...........

    When choosing an instructor Lewis wanted someone who was a nice person. When learning to drive he said it had initially been harder than he thought but it then became much easier, his instructors teaching methods were good and Kenny was honest and patient with Lewis. Lewis said he would recommend new starters because his instructor was understanding and he could talk to him like a mate.

  • Gary Israel

    Congratulations Gary on your test pass in Carlisle with John Collins.

    Gary started with learning the basics on our off road site in Houghton and then went on to do his on road lessons. When looking for an instructor Gary wanted somewhere with a good pass rate, reputation and where he could get through his test quickly. When learning to drive Gary found it was made to feel easier than he had expected and he found his instructors teaching methods enjoyable. When asked if he would recommend us he said yes as he passed quickly and 1st time.

    Well done Gary and we hope your enjoying being on the roads.

  • James Walker

    Well done James on passing your test today with your instructor Stephen Philipson.

    When looking for an instructor James wanted to be able to start off road before going out onto the busy main roads. He found that when learning to drive it was harder than he thought but his instructors teaching methods were very good. He said he would recommend us as the instructors were friendly and has added that text message reminders to confirm dates and times would be a nice touch.Thank you James for your review and we wish you safe driving for life.

  • 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.

  • Ivo Alves

    Ivo Alves Passed with John Collins at New starters driving school, he reviewed us and said...................

    When looking for a driving instructor Ivo wanted an instructor that was patient, other important factors were that he did not want to learn in a car with hill assist because he wanted to be able to learn to control his biting point. When learning to drive ivo said it was much better and easier than he had expected and that Johns teaching methods and tips were always clear . Ivo would definately recommend New starters driving school because versatility of the instructor was spot on, he couldnt think of anything to improve on.

  • 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.

  • Stuart Steel

    Stuart Steel passed with our New starters driving instructor Kenny and he wrote this about his experience......

    When looking for an instructor they had to be value for money and have good availability, Stuart also wanted a likeable instructor. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he has rated his instructors teaching methods 10/10. Stuart has said that he would recommend us as his lessons were very productive instead of being messed about. The only thing Stuart would improve on was that he would have liked the prices a little cheaper.

  • Vo Gnoc Lang/ Cindy Mcmillan

    Cindy passed with Stephen Philipson in Carlisle, We asked Cindy to review our services and she said this..

    When looking for an instructor it had to be someone whose ability to teach she could trust, she found that her instructors teaching methods were excellent and she would definately recommend New starters as we have a great learning system in place.

  • 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.



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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.”