• 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!

  • 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.

  • Alex Campbell

    Well done Alex on your first time test pass.

    Alex was taught by our new starters instructor Stephen in Carlsile and when asked to review us Alex said.......

    When looking for an instructor Alex found that word of mouth was important and that an instructor had to have a good reputation. Learning to drive was much harder than she had expected but her instructors teaching methods were good and she passed first time.

    Alex felt that to improve our services we could do the show and tell questions earlier in the course.

    Thanks for your review Alex.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lucy Abbott

    Well done to Lucy Abbott who passed her driving test today in Carlisle with her instructor John Collins.

    Lucy reviewedus here at new starters and had this to say......

    When looking for an instructor the most important criteria for Lucy was being able to get a head start on our off road site, other important factors were the recommendations from others. When learning to drive Lucy found it easy after doing her pre learner lessons and found her instructors teaching methods very good. Lucy has already recommended us and the only thing she added may improve our services was text mesage reminders for lessons.

    Thank Lucy for your review and safe driving from us all at new starters

  • Errin Dixon

    Errin passed with our new starters instructor Stephen and when reviewing us she had this to say........

    When choosing an instructor Errin wanted someone with a high pass rate and also looked at the size of the car, she also wanted someone who had a good reputation. Learning to drive was a lot harder than she thought it was going to be and there was a lot more to think about. Errin found her instructors teaching methods helpful and would recommend us as she felt comfortable and passed first time. Errin added that there was nothing to improve on and that she was happy with our customer service.

  • David Leigh

    Congratulations David on passing with New starters driving school.

    David took his lessons with the New starters instructor John Wardle and had previously been on our pre-learner site to gain experience before going onto the busy roads.

    When choosing an instructor David wanted someone who was proffesional and who was up to date, he also wanted somewhere to practice before going onto the roads and with a good facebook feedback. When learning to drive david said it was good fun, more interesting and he learned more than he expected. His instructors teaching methods were brilliant and he said that the methods used to teach suited his needs. we asked David if he would recommend us and he replied, Yes definately learning to drive was fun, friendly and proffesional.

  • 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.

  • Megan Mcmanus

    Megan Mcmanus passed with our new starters instructor Kenny in Carlisle.

    When looking for an instructor Megan wanted someone who was friendly, approachable and well informed as well as having good reviews. Other important factors were the instructors teaching methods. When learning to drive Megan said that after having lessons previously with another instructor she had expected to hate it but said that Kenny made it enjoyable and relaxed so Megans confidence grew and it was great. She added that her instructors teaching methods were brilliant and that she would definately recommend new starters as teaching methods and instructors are great. Megan also said she couldnt think of anything to improve our services but did note maybe the price but she said new starters were well worth every penny of the price.

    Thank you Megan for your review and we look forward to seeing you out and about on the roads.

  • 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.



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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.”