• 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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  • Zoe Walker

    when choosing a driving instructor the most important criteria was there experience and i wanted someone with a high pass rate, I was taught by John Collins and passed first time. When I was learning to drive John made it easier than I had expected it to be and I found that his teaching methods were good for me. I would recommend new starters driving school as I passed my test on my first attempt and found them very helpful.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emily Brown

    Well done to Emily Brown on your test pass in Carlisle with Stephen Philipson.

    When looking for an instructor Emily said that the most important thing for her was being able to do some off road driving lessons aswell as being able to meet her instructor before going out onto the public roads, she also wanted an instructor who came highly recommended. When learning to drive Emily found it much more relaxed and her instructors teaching methods were very informative. Emily has said that she would recommend New starters driving school and she couldn't think of anything to improve.

  • Victoria Carter

    Big congratulations to Victoria Carter on your test pass in Carlisle today with John Wardle.

    When looking for instructor Victoria wanted someone that was friendly and patient. She also wanted to know that she wasnt wasting time or money if it wasnt working out. Victoria found learning to drive incredibly fun and not as stressful as she thought. Her instructors teaching methods were easy to follow and she would recommend us as its an incredibly good school for people who are nervous about driving.

    Thank you Victoria and we look forward to seeing you out and about in your car

  • Joseph Jackson

    Well done on your test pass in carlisle Joseph and many thanks for the review you sent us.

    When looking for an instructor Joseph said the most important thing was that he was able to do some of his learning before he was 17 years old that's one of the reasons he chose new starters driving school as we have an off road driving site for under 17s where he covered a lot of his driving, the other thing he wanted was an instructor with a good reputation and pass rate. When learning to drive with John Collins, Joseph said it was a lot easier than he had expected and his teaching methods were excellent. When asked if he would recommend us Joseph said yes and he already has.

  • Amy Veitch

    Congratulations Amy who passed first time.

    Amy started on our pre learner driving site in Houghton and after doing 2 lessons her she quickly moved onto the roads.

    When looking for an instructor Amy found the most important criteria was the price and the instructors availability and flexibility with lessons. Amy found driving as she had expected and the learningh was quick and a reasonable price. Her instructors teaching methods were very good and Amy enjoyed moving on from different subjects promptly, She would recommend new starters as the organisation, lesson times and course was good and Amy also dded that she would have liked 1 or 2 practice tests prior to tha practical test and the show and tell questions to have been done in her own car.

    Thank you Amy.

  • 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

  • Callum copping

    Callum copping passed with our instructor John wardle and reviewed us with..............

    When looking for an instructor the most important criteria was there pass rate with other factors being he had to be able to learn everything to pass his test. Learning to drive with John went really well and he found him easy to get along with from the start. Callum would recommend new starters driving school because he had an excellent instructor.

  • 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.



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