• 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!

  • 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.

  • Carlie Marshal

    Well done to Carlie Marshall who passed her test in Carlisle with our John Wardle.

    Carlie started her driving lessons on our pre learner site in Houghton before she turned 17 years and has went on to pass her test. When looking for an instructor Carlie wanted a school where she could start off road before going onto the roads and she also awanted somewhere that was well known and had a good backround. When learning to drive Carlie had expected to hate it but she loved every second. Her instructors teaching methods were great and he would adjust each method to suit her. Carlie added that she would recommend new starters as learning to drive was made fun.

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

  • Amy Jane Cleminson

    Well done to Amy who passed her test today first time today from your instructor Stephen.

    When looking for an instructor Amy wanted someone who was easy going and patient. Compared to what she initially thought Amy found everything alot easier and her instructors teaching methods were brilliant. When asked about recommendations Amy said she would definately recommend us as she couldn't fault her instructor and everything was 100%.

    Congratulations Amy and we wish you safe driving for life from all at new starters driving school.

  • 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

  • Sam Clarkson

    Congratulations to Sam Clarkson for passing with our instructor Stephen after doing the intensive driving days.

    Sam found that when looking for an instructor he wanted someone with good reviews and pass rate, He also wanted an instructor that could offer him intensive lessons at a good cost. When learning to drive Sam had already had some lessons with a different instructor but found Stephens teaching methods were good with a variety of teaching methods. Sam has said he would recommend New starters driving school.

    Thanks for your review Sam.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 Watson

    Well done to Jack Watson on passing his test with new starters driving school, we asked jack if he could review us and he had this to say.

    When choosing an instructor the most important criteria was the reviews that He had seen and heard about the instructor. When learning to drive he said that his instructor had made it much easier than he had expected it to be and found his teaching methods amazing. We asked Jack if he was likely to recommend us he said yes, because his instructor John Collins was good with explaining and helping when he was struggling. We asked if there was anything he would improve about our service and Jack answered that there was nothing he would improve on.

  • 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.



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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.”