• 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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  • Rebekah Legatt

    Rebekah Legatt passed in Carlisle with our instructor Shaun Savage.

    When looking for an instructor Rebekah wanted someone with a good reputation, she also looked for someone she would be comfortable with. Learning to drive was as she had expected and she found her instructors teaching methods were very good and clear. Rebekah added that she would recommend new starters as she learned what she needed fast and had a great learning experience.

    Thanks for your review Rebekah.

  • 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.

  • Jack Bell

    Congratulations to Jack Bell on your test pass in Carlisle with your new starters driving instructor John Collins.

    Jack started his lessons on our pre-learner driving site in Carlisle. When looking for an instructor Jack wanted someone with a good reputation and the ability to gain knowledge of driving before going onto the roads. Jack found driving much easier than he expected and his instructor was good at teaching, easy to understand and was very clear on his instruction. Jack has added that he would recommend New starters driving shool as the instructors are friendly and he also couldn't add anything to improve our services.

  • Daniel Bright

    Congratulations to Daniel Bright who passed with our new starters driving school instructor John collins.

    Daniel reveiewed us and had this to say,

    When choosing an instructor the most important criteria for him was their reputation and that they had excellent pass rates. Daniel found his lessons were much more fun than he had expected and that his instructors teaching methods were easy to understand and follow. Daniel has said that he would recommend new starters driving school and there was nothing he would change with our service.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Mcdermott

    Well done to Daniel who passed first time, zero minor faults with our instructor Stephen, Daniel reviewed New starters driving school and he said................

    Starting on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle Daniel went on to pass after doing our intensive on road lessons. When looking for an instructor they had to come with good recommendations. Daniel found learning to drive easier than expected and his instructors teaching methods were simple but straight forward and effective. Daniel was happy with all of our service and would recommend us as we were extremely helpful.

  • 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

  • Craig Mccaul

    Well done to Craig Mccaul who passed with our new starters instructor Mark Hampton.

    Craig wrote back to us with this review.............

    When looking for an instructor Craig wanted someone who was easily accessible, had a good price, was a local business and had a good track record. When learning to drive he found it far easier than he had expected and much quicker to pick up than  with his previous instructors, Craig found his instructors teaching methods were very engaging, clear and added that pens on the window is genious. Craig has added that he would recommend new starters as lessons are indepth and engaging and he has also added to keep doing what we are doing as its working.

    Thank you Craig for your review and we wish you safe driving for life 

  • Charlotte Blackburn

    Well done to Charlotte who passed her test with new starters driving school and thankyou for your review. We recently asked charlotte what she thought about her experience with us and she had this to say.

    The most important criteria when looking for an instructor was that they had to be friendly and make you feel comfortable, she also added that a good reputation was a key factor. When learning to drive in comparison to what Charlotte thought it was going to be like she said it was a lot more stress free, her instructors teaching methods were very informative and easy to follow. We asked Charlotte if she felt able to recommend us and her response was definitely because I enjoyed my lessons and always looked forward to them.

  • Catherine Jackson

    Congratulations Catherine Jackson on passing first time with John collins at new starters driving school. Catherine had started her lessons on our pre learner driving site in Houghton and had this to say about New starters............

    When looking for an instructor Catherine wanted someone with a past experence and was recommeneded (Catherines brother passed with John previously), sher also wanted someone who she was comfortable with whilst learning. When learning to drive Catherine found the experience better than she had expected and her instructors teaching methods were clear and easy to understand. She would recommend new starters as she found it a fun and friendly experience



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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.”