• 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, 

Don't forget, we do Gift Vouchers as well!

  • Sarah hodgeson

    Congratulations Sarah on your test pass with John Collins.

    Sarah started her driving on our pre learner driving site in Houghton and said that this was an important factor when choosing and instructor as well as that they had to be pleasant. When learning to drive Sarah added that there is alot more to it than she had initially thought but found her instructors teaching methods were excellent and she really enjoyed her experience.

    Well done Sarah and we look forward to seeing you out and about on the roads.

  • Hannah Nelson

    Fantastic news for Hannah on passing her test first time with New starters driving schools instructor John Collins.

    Hannah has done all of her lessons in Carlisle with John Collins and said when looking for an instructor she wanted someone with good pass rates and who was calm when teaching, other important factors for Hannah were the instructors knowledge of the roads and how helpful the instructor was. When learning to drive Hannah said that it was a hard process but her instructor made this all the more easier. Johns teaching methods were brilliant and extremely helpful which improved Hannahs confidence and Hannah has already been recommeding New starters because of how good John made her lessons.

    Thank you for reviewing us Hannah and we wish you safe driving for life

  • Rhiannon Armstrong

    A big congratulations to Rhiannon Armstrong who passed with our new starters instructor Gemma.

    We asked Rhiannon what she thought and she had this to say......

    When looking for an instructor Rhiannon wanted someone who was patient and who could help her to build her confirdence. Rhiannon found learning to drive much easier than she had initially expected and she found her instructors teaching metods were helpful and useful. Rhiannon has added that she would recommend us as she was able to pass first time and her recommendation for improving our services would be that all students have a lesson with a different instructor close to test as this helped Rhiannon.

    Thank you for reviewing us Rhiannon and safe driving for life

  • Julio Boyling

    Congartulations to Julio on your test pass today in Carlsiel. Julio was a part of our 4 musketeers today as we had 4 students at the same test time same test day and all 4 passed together............

    Julio started on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle and had his lessons with John Wardle......

    When looking for an instructor Julio wanted someone that was eaily accessable and that had a good reputation. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he found his instructors teaching methods very good. He added he would recommend new starters as there was always clear instruction, we were well organised and friendly.

    Thank you Julio for yor review and we look forward to seeing you out and about soon.

  • Mark Donnelly

    Mark Donnelly passed with new starters driving school in carlisle with our instructor John Collins.

    Mark wrote us a review and had this to say, the most important criteria when choosing a driving instructor was that the instructor had to make you a safe driver and he also wanted someone who was not going to put pressure on him. When learning to drive it was a lot easier than he had expected with all the help he got, His instructors teaching methods were brilliant and Mark also said that he would recommend us to others because our instructors adapt to the learner and the learners speed of progress. There was nothing Mark could think of to improve our services.

  • Holly Evans

    Congratulations Holly on your test pass with new starters instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Holly wanted somewhere that she could learn before going out onto the road systems to build her confiidence and somewere with good reviews, other important factors when choosing an instructor was the location. Holly started with us on our off road/pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle. When learning to drive Holly found that it wasnt as scary as she had initially thought and she found her instructors teaching methods very good, she felt safe when driving and her anxiety passed. Holly added she would recommend new starters as were a friendly bunch.

    Thank you for your review Holly and safe driving.

  • max kirton

    Well done to Max Kirton who passed his test first time with our new starters driving instructor Stephen. We asked Max to review us and he had this to say.

    When learning to drive Max originally started with one of our PDI's Peter and went on to finish his lessons with our instructor Stephen, Max was recommended by his brother who had previously passed with Stephen and he had also been recommended by a lot of his friends which was important as he wanted a school that was well recommended. When asked about his instructors teaching methods Max said they were really helpful and that he would pass on a recommendation as New starters got him through his test promptly.

  • 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.

  • Kim Gribbon

    Congratulations Kim on passing your test with new starters driving schools instructor Kenny.

    Kim passed her test in Carlisle with our instructor Kenny and had this to say............

    When looking for an instructor Kim wanted someone who had easy to learn methods and that was value for money. Compared to what Kim had expected learning to drive was not as daunting as she thought. Her instructors easy to understand teaching methods helped Kim along the way and she said she would recommend new starters as there was a friendly, patient and relaxed learning atmosphere.

    Thank you for reviewing us Kim

  • Kate Lawson

    When looking for an instructor in carlisle I had to find one that was encouraging and helpful, I was taught by John wardle and found that learning to drive was better than I had expected it to be. My instructors teaching methods were very helpful and I would definitely recommend new starters driving school as they have great instructors that made learning to drive enjoyable. I passed my test on my first attempt.



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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.”