In MI teens can take drivers training when they are 14 and 3/4 and get their restricted permit at 15. They cannot get a full license until they are 16 or 17 (I think, the rules changed after I was a teen and I don't have driver quite yet).
I feel your pain mama. I am not looking forward to a teen driver quite yet (and I am months away from the potential for a child in driver's training). My best advice is to speak clearly and calmly about instructions if he is doing something wrong, and try not to freak out while he is driving (at least he is leaning to the shoulder and not the on-coming lane
). I would also suggest not having him drive places where it is too busy and he has to make too many simultanious decisons.
As for the whole "Should 14 yos drive?" I won't take a firm position that they shouldn't. It is a kid by kid decision...I like the "pay for training/permit if you want to do it approach". And if I lived in a more rural area (like where I grew up), I would teach my kids to drive earlier on back roads. I was being taught how to drive a stick when I was about 14-15, even though I waited to get my license until I was 18 (so I didn't have to take driver's training).