• 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jack Tampion

    Well done to Jack Tampion for passing his driving test with New starters instructor Stephen Philipson...............

    Jack started on our pre learner site in Houghton anmd went on to pass his driving test with us. When looking for an instructor Jack wanted a school with good reviews and also wanted an instructor who was easy to get along with. When learning to drive Jack found it easier than he had expected and and found his instructors teaching methods were easy to pick up. Jack has said that he would recommend New starters as his instructor was excellent.

    Thank you for your review Jack.

  • Julio Boyling

    Congartulations to Julio on your test pass today in Carlsiel. Julio was a part of our 4 musketeers today as we had 4 students at the same test time same test day and all 4 passed together............

    Julio started on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle and had his lessons with John Wardle......

    When looking for an instructor Julio wanted someone that was eaily accessable and that had a good reputation. When learning to drive it was as he had expected and he found his instructors teaching methods very good. He added he would recommend new starters as there was always clear instruction, we were well organised and friendly.

    Thank you Julio for yor review and we look forward to seeing you out and about soon.

  • Bethany Duffy

    Bethany Duffy passed first time with Kenny stevenson at new starter driving school.

    Bethany started on our pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle where she laerned her car basics before heading out onto the busy road systems. When looking for an instructor Bethany wanted someone who was friendly and who was also experienced, She also added that she wanted an instructor who was reliable, not too high in price and that would tell her the weekly progress she was making. Bethany initially looked at driving as a daunting prospect but was given plenty of encouragement and soon got over this barrier. Her instructor Kennys teaching methods were great and with easy to follow methods and tips and she would 100% recommend to others as the off road site built up her confidence before heading onto the road and made the transition easier.

    Well done and thank you for the review Bethany, 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rachel Armstrong

    Rachel Armestrong passed first time today with our instructor Stephen Philipson.

    When Rachel started her lessons she began on oyur pre learner site in Houghton, Carlisle.

    When looking for an instructor Rachel wanted someone who put safety first and who genuinely wanted her to pass her test as quick as she wanted to. When learning to drive it was as Rachel had expected amd she found her instructors teaching methods good. Rachel added she would recommend new starters as she passed first time.

    Thank you Rachel for your review

  • 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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