About

Driving Instructor Pete Stevens - AKA Goose
  • Truck mechanic and driver

  • Motorcycle rider

  • Oilfield Equipment Technician

  • Oilfield operator (once worked in a Snubbing Basket)

  • Extensive truck driving in the mountains

  • ATM Technician – 60,000 kms yearly

  • Drove across Canada

 

All I have ever done my whole life is fix, operate, ride, and drive any type of machine from a forklift to a hydraulic power tong and everything in between. With well over a million kilometers of driving under my belt, I have come to learn that I will never be able to anticipate every possible scenario or hazard the road can throw at me. So I always keep my head on a swivel and expect the worst.

Drivers is a blog dedicated to teaching new drivers the basics of driving and how to see the road from an empathetic and proactive perspective. Driving should be fun, and fun equals safe. I'm a certified driving instructor who has 20 years experience fixing, driving, and operating all types of machines and vehicles. I drove on average 60,000 kilometers a year from the oilfields of Alberta, to the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia. I have the experience and know how to keep new drivers safe. I teach in the classroom as well as in-car and I find it to be a rewarding experience to see a new driver progress into a safe, proficient driver. Safe should not only mean "not dying" but it should also mean having fun and making the driving experience more enjoyable.

Photos left to right - Me and some of my nurses. Me and my wife. Me hooked up to an I.V. My Harley Tattoo was something I got when I was 19. I knew I wanted a tattoo but wanted one that could never be dated and I have also loved motorcycles ever since I was a kid. I was pretty sure Harley Davidson wasn't going to go out of business anytime ever. That’s my BMW 430i Grand Coupe. The Reaper tattoo is something I got when I owned my sport bike a few years back. It represents the thing ‘Final Destination’ that is always trying to get you when riding or driving, but sometimes you don’t see it coming.

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The story behind the ATM heist is hilarious. Basically, a precision crew broke into a gas station, covered all the windows, and was able to cut the safe open (to exact dimensions) but then left before taking all of the money. I don’t think that they realized the safe was successfully opened because when I arrived the next day, there was about $200,000 still in the machine, and all I had to do to open the safe was pry it with a screwdriver.

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Push Bar
Push Bar

Every truck in Alberta has a push bar on the front to help deal with moose.

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Forklift
Forklift

Oilfield equipment is heavy so we would have to always use forklifts or overhead cranes to move gear and load trucks.

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Loaded
Loaded

Loaded up and heading to an oil rig in the mountains.

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Frank Slide
Frank Slide

Hanging out in Pincher Creek Alberta beside Frank Slide.

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Driving West
Driving West

Driving west through Nordegg Alberta. They rarely plow the roads in Alberta and that frees up money for other cool things.

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Trippin' Pipe
Trippin' Pipe

Spinning pipe into the well. Some oil wells can be as deep as 10 kilometers and can even deviate.

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Foggy Bridge
Foggy Bridge

This was a controlled shortcut back to the hotel from the rig but the photo looks trippy.

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Drilling Rig
Drilling Rig

This was a night job we did in Airdre, Alberta.

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Drilling Rig
Drilling Rig

This is a drilling rig in northern B.C.

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Photos left to right - That’s me beside a blowout preventer. I once worked in a Snubbing Basket over a live well that was "kicking". Literally the most dangerous thing I’ve ever willingly done. The bulldozer is being used on top of a mountain in Fort Nelson B.C. to keep our trucks from slipping off the edge of the mountain while descending. The green truck is a 5-ton International I drove regularly (Unit 279). The foggy train bridge was a safe and legal shortcut back to the hotel from a rig, but it just looks trippy.

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