• 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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  • Sarah Baldwin

    Sarah Baldwin passed in Carlisle with New starters driving schools instructor John Wardle....

    Sarah said that when choosing an instructor they had to have good recommendations. When learning to drive in comparison to what Sarah had expected it was harder but she found that her instructors teaching methods were very informative and she added she would definatly recommend New starters driving school. The only thing Sarah would have improved on was she would have liked a reminder message for lesson days, pick up place and times.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Holly Evans

    Congratulations Holly on your test pass with new starters instructor John Collins.

    When looking for an instructor Holly wanted somewhere that she could learn before going out onto the road systems to build her confiidence and somewere with good reviews, other important factors when choosing an instructor was the location. Holly started with us on our off road/pre learner site in Houghton Carlisle. When learning to drive Holly found that it wasnt as scary as she had initially thought and she found her instructors teaching methods very good, she felt safe when driving and her anxiety passed. Holly added she would recommend new starters as were a friendly bunch.

    Thank you for your review Holly and safe driving.

  • Vo Gnoc Lang/ Cindy Mcmillan

    Cindy passed with Stephen Philipson in Carlisle, We asked Cindy to review our services and she said this..

    When looking for an instructor it had to be someone whose ability to teach she could trust, she found that her instructors teaching methods were excellent and she would definately recommend New starters as we have a great learning system in place.

  • Megan Mcmanus

    Megan Mcmanus passed with our new starters instructor Kenny in Carlisle.

    When looking for an instructor Megan wanted someone who was friendly, approachable and well informed as well as having good reviews. Other important factors were the instructors teaching methods. When learning to drive Megan said that after having lessons previously with another instructor she had expected to hate it but said that Kenny made it enjoyable and relaxed so Megans confidence grew and it was great. She added that her instructors teaching methods were brilliant and that she would definately recommend new starters as teaching methods and instructors are great. Megan also said she couldnt think of anything to improve our services but did note maybe the price but she said new starters were well worth every penny of the price.

    Thank you Megan for your review and we look forward to seeing you out and about on the roads.

  • Ivo Alves

    Ivo Alves Passed with John Collins at New starters driving school, he reviewed us and said...................

    When looking for a driving instructor Ivo wanted an instructor that was patient, other important factors were that he did not want to learn in a car with hill assist because he wanted to be able to learn to control his biting point. When learning to drive ivo said it was much better and easier than he had expected and that Johns teaching methods and tips were always clear . Ivo would definately recommend New starters driving school because versatility of the instructor was spot on, he couldnt think of anything to improve on.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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