• 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.


New Starters Driving School Carlisle now does Trailer Training

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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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Rebecca Hall

    Congratulations Rebecca.

    Rebecca started on our Pre learner site in Houghton with our instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Rebecca wanted someone who she could get along with and that had a good location. She founf that when learning to drive it was a lot less scary than she had thought it would be, Reecca found her instructors teaching methods were really good and that John was really patient with her. When asked about recommending New starters Rebecca added that she already has as it was good to have driven the test routes prior to her test and because she had such a lovely instructor.

    Thank you for your review Rebecca and we wish you safe driving for life.

  • 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 Wright

    Well done to Amy Wright on your first time test pass in Carlisle with our instructor Kenny Stevenson.

    Amy stared with us on our pre learner site in Houghton. When looking for an instructor Amy wanted someone with a good pass rate, who was friendly and would let her learn in a relaxed and unpressured way. Compared to what Amy had initially thought learning to drive was more enjoyable than she'd expected. Her instructor Kenny's teaching methods were very good and Kenny was easy to talk to which made Amy relaxed and she was able to take things at her own pace. Amy has already been recommending New starters as she passed first time which is something she hadnt thought she would have been able to do, she also added the service was proffesional but friendly and enjoyable.

    Thank you for your review Amy.

  • 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.

  • Ryan Graham

    Congratulations Ryan on your first time test pass with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle.

    Ryan started his lessons on our pre learner driving site in Houghton. When looking for an instructor he wanted one with good reviews from there previous learners, the other factors he looked for in an instructor were good and friendly instruction. When learning to drive Ryan said it wasnt dangerous whilst he was learning and he found his instructors teaching methods were very good and helped him alot. Ryan added he would recommend new starters as the instructors are very helpful whilst youre learning and he couldnt think of anything he would improve on.



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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.”