• 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!

  • Daniel Ling

    Well done on your test pass in Carlisle with our New starters driving instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Dan wanted someone who was friendly and that really knew what they were doing. When learning to drive Daniel said it was much better than he had expected (He also added that his instructor John should get a raise lol), He found that Johns teaching methods were awesome and he would definately recommend new starters as were so cool. Daniel didnt have any improvements to add as he said everything was awesome.

  • Megan Bendle

    Megan Bendle passed with our instructor Stephen at New starters driving school.......

    Megan has said that when looking for an instructor she wanted someone who could teach her before she went onto the roads (another from our pre-learner driving site), Other important factors were that she wanted someone who was able to offer her a good block booking discount for lessons. Megan added that learning top drive was alot more scary when she first started but she found her instructors teaching methods were good and she learned things quickly. Megan would recommend New starters driving school as she passed her test first time and when asked if she would improve on anything she said her experience with the new starters staff was excellent

  • 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.

  • Pheobe Wilson

    Pheoe Wilson passed in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson with Zero minor faults.

    Pheobe started her driving experience on our pre-learner site for 14-17 year olds and when asked what she was looking for with an instructor Pheobe said she wanted a friendly and reliable instructor with a good pass rate and she also looked for an instructor who had a good reputation, regular availabilty and good prices. When learning to drive Pheobe found it much easier and more enjoyable, she also added that her instructors teaching methods worked very well for her. Pheobe said that she would recommend New starters driving school because our instructors are good at teaching and she liked the car she learned to drive in.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Rhia Heron

    Well done Rhia on your test pass with our instructor Kenny.

    Rhia reviewed our services and said.....

    When choosing an instructor they had to have a good reputation, needed to be flexible with there hours and to work weekends. When learning to drive Rhia had initially learned 10 years ago but found this time much more successful, her instructors teaching methods were very good and Kenny was always calm and positive which is what Rhia needed. Rhia said she would definately recommend New starters as Kenny is a great instructor and she also liked her mock test with our other instructor John, Rhia added that this shows how much we all work together as a team. Nothing was needed to improve on and Rhia added everything was very positive with her experience.

  • Will smith

    Well done on your first time test pass Will.

    when choosing a driving school we asked Will what the most important criteria was, he said that they had to be successful and affordable and also had to have good reviews. When learning to drive Will said it was less stressful than he thought it would be and that his instructors teaching methods were very good. Will told us that he would definitely recommend us and the reason was because we are very helpful, he also added that he wouldn't improve anything from our driving school.

  • 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.

  • Jade Davis

    Well done Jade on your test pass with New starters driving school instructor John Collins.

    Jade started with us on our pre learner site in Houghton which was one of the factors that made her choose new starters, jade also said that when looking for an instructor they had to make her feel confident and at ease. When learning Jade said it was a totally different experience to what she had expected and that her instructors teaching methods were reassuring and gave her loads of confidence. Jade added she would recommend new starters as her instructor was brilliant.

    Thanks for the review and we look forward to seeing you out and about in your car.



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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.”