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Teresa’s Garage Radio show airs weekly at   and covers topics on everything Automotive and features special guests. Listeners are encouraged to call in, come in or tune in the Reno, Nevada area at 101.3 FM Tuesdays at 2:00-3:00 PM and 1180 AM. Or you can listen to previous shows right here on Teresa’s Garage website.

If you do not live in the Reno/Sparks, Nevada area you can connect on your Iphone or Computer by clicking this link, for live streaming on America Matters Media Radio Show.

If you want to listen to previously recorded shows, click here Teresa’s Garage Radio Shows . Teresa’s Garage is constantly looking for special guests, people who love cars, own classics, belong to a car club and want to promote your events or just want to talk about your classic, then call toll free 844-790-8255 or locally 775-827-8900. We love hearing from our listeners.

Happy Motoring





Put the Brakes on Cell Phone Addiction

Put The Brakes On Cell Phone Addition

My monthly column in the Happy Herald Teresa’s Monthly Column

By Teresa Aquila  

Did you know that cell phone addiction is rather likely? If you are reading this article on your cell phone, don’t feel alone, On average, a person who is CPA (cell phone addicted), spends three hours a day on their phone. In your lifetime it can add up to 1140.4 hours a year. This is also hurting businesses, since employees feel it is their right to be able to access their phones at all times. Many companies have adopted cell phone use policies.

Being married to your cell phone is becoming an increasingly serious problem among all ages. I work an event every month where people are mandated to attend, and the conditions include turning off your cell phone completely. It amazes me how many individuals feel that airplane mode or on vibrate is the definition of off. When instructed to turn their phones off completely, their demeanor changes to a hostile attitude as if you were cutting off one of their limbs.

These are the type of people who have a serious relationship with their cell phones. Their world cannot seem to function unless they feel their phone is close at hand. It has brought states across the country to enact new laws defining distracted driving to include texting.

I remember the days when driving a car was the number one concern while behind the wheel. I think today it has dropped to number three, behind texting and cell phone conversations. Lives have been lost because drivers feel that a phone call is more important than keeping their eyes on the roadway and not their phone.

Texting and driving has become the norm with people today. You lose your cell phone and the whole world goes into a panic. Have you ever found yourself stopping your car in the middle of the road because your phone fell between the seats, or you go into a panic because it is nowhere in sight? Then, yes, you are CPA. Take this test to find out if you are addicted to your phone: In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related crashes. About 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. At any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile. Just hope not all these drivers are heading in your direction at the same time. This is staggering. Awareness is the key to reducing the lives lost. One life lost is one too many. It will take all of society to embrace the “No Texting and Driving” concept to reduce the numbers of deaths each year. Here are some statistics from the National Safety Council that will help shed light on how many lives are affected by those who choose to drive distracted.

Cell Phone Statistics

• The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.

• Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.

• One out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.

• Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.

• Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that´s enough time to travel the length of a football field.

• Texting while driving causes a 400 percent increase in time spent with eyes off the road.

• Of all cell phone related tasks, texting is by far the most dangerous activity.

• 94 percent of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.

• 74 percent of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.

• 263 teens (age 15 to 19) were killed as a result of distracted driving in 2016.

Roadways are meant for traveling, not worrying if you’ll become one that will be injured or killed by a distracted driver. Put down the phone and wait until you arrive at your destination or find a safe place to pull over. Yours or someone else’s life depends on it.

Happy Motoring.

Women with Wheelz Car Show 2018 Winners


Teresa’s Garage Radio Show and the National Automoible Museum partnered to bring you a car show just for the ladies. The show is held every June at the National Automobile Museum that features women only owned vehicles from classic to modern day. It is a day designed with the ladies in mind showing off their love for their cars and to meet other women with similar passions. Ladies are not just have children or  cleaning the house, they are passonate about their cars and love to show them off. This show proves that.

There was a vintage clothing store on wheels selling vintage clothing and is always popular. Live music, giveaways and awesome raffle prizes that benefit Pinocchio’s Moms On The Run. The show is not possible without its great sponsors listed below, click each company to access their websites. Each week we will feature another participant of the show.

Moana Nursery

Southern Glazer and Wine

Napa Auto Parts Reno, Nevada

O’Reilly Auto Parts Lemmon Valley

Summit Racing Equipment

Sam’s Sparkle Spark, Nevada

Reno Auto Wrecking

Safelite Auto Glass Reno, Nevada

Reno Championship Air Races

National Automobile Museum


Hot August Nights Car Show In Reno

Hot August Nights Car Show Held Every August in Reno


Hot August Nights Car Show, held every August in Reno, Nevada with some 6,500 participants, is adding a women’s only event. The show has grown over the years since its inception in 1986 from some 50 entries to its current
numbers. The show takes over two cites, Reno and Sparks, drawing some 100,000 visitors to the area.

If you love music, cruising, showing off your classic or gazing at classic cars, this show is for you. Main headliners fill the stages, there is a swap meet held at Baldini’s Casino in Sparks, Mag Auctions, and the Big Boy Toy Store open free to the public.
Two years ago, Hot August Nights added Virginia City, Nevada to its
locations for their kickoff weekend, consuming two days in the historic town. The main street will remain closed to all traffic during the event, and the classic cars on display will cover the entire length of the town.

With the growing popularity of cars with women and their love for their automobiles, Hot August Nights is adding new elements to their 2018 event: Women with Wheelz Car Show, seminar, and Recycled Rides car giveaway. Teresa’s Garage radio show has partnered with Hot August Nights to offer a day for the ladies that will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno.

The Car Show registration will be open to female Hot August Nights participants only, but the car giveaway and seminar will be open free to the public. The Car Show will feature women-owned classics and will be located in Lot Two next to the main staging area.

W o m e n h a v e b e e n car enthusiasts for some time and their numbers continue to grow each year. This show is not part of any movement; it is only designed with the ladies in mind.

The seminar will feature three iconic women from the automotive and racing industry. The women will discuss their experiences and passion for the auto industry, which has been a field dominated by men. Their goal is to encourage and energize the next generation of women to become technicians, racers and car enthusiasts, something that is lacking in today’s job market. The seminar will include audience participation.

After the panel, a car giveaway, courtesy of Allstate and Caliber Collision as part of NABC Recycled Rides, is scheduled for two recipients in need. One car will be donated to a breast cancer survivor chosen by Moms on The Run, and another will be donated to a female veteran. It will take place at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage outside the Grand Sierra Resort.

Recycled Rides is a unique program in which insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others collaborate to repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations in local communities
throughout the country.

Over 1,000 vehicles have been donated through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program since its inception in 2007. Thanks to the efforts of many NABC members, the program’s ripple effect has made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of individuals who have received vehicles or benefited through the services provided by nonprofit organizations who have been recipients of Recycled Ride.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Awards will be offered to three Women with Wheelz Car Show participants during the seminar that will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s convention hall.

So ladies, rev up your engines for a day of fun-filled events.

We hope you will join us on August 9, 2018. For more information on the event, call 775-356-1956 or visit

Women with Wheelz Seminar Survey

Please help us out with this survey. Teresa’s Garage Radio Show, Host of Women with Wheelz Car Show, Seminar, and Car Giveaway would like you to fill out a survey to let us know what your thoughts are if you will or will not be attending the Hot August Nights Women with Wheelz Seminar on August 9, 2018, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, Nevada. The seminar begins at 1:30 pm. The topics will vary and include women’s issues past and present.

By filling out the survey, it will help us to insure we are covering topics that you want to hear. Click the link for the survey.

Women with Wheelz Seminar survey

Challenges in Today’s Gen Y Workforce

Challenges in Today’s Gen Y Workforce

By Teresa Aquila

Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 40 years of experiencerepairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches abasic auto-repair class for women, host of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show author and writer.

Technology and parent rearing are the gears that turn today’s job seekers. Modern day companies are struggling to maintain a workforce in today’s economy. Unlike years past, current day employees have different views and demands on what energizes them to be loyal to their employers. Old employment strategies are out the window with this new Gen Y generation ages 16 to 38 years of age, depending on which study you believe. Our nation’s labor force in the automotive sector is diminishing and being phased out by retirement, with very few coming into the industry on the horizon.

What exactly are companies up against in attracting good sound employees to keep their bottom line in the black? Yesterday’s tactics are in the history books and have very little room on the table today. Maintaining a competitive edge with your competition is the key to success in this day and age.

How does a company transform itself when it comes to new hires? Understanding the Gen Y and Millennial generations is your first step. Before setting out to flood the job market with employment posts, let’s look at what you are up against. If you have dedicated longtime employees that are loyal to the company, hiring this new style of workforce may cause some protest on both sides of the aisle. Why?

The Millennials embrace the job market a bit differently than those employees you hired five or 10 years ago. In the past, employers held the strings with a strong hold on the job market. You would search for a position through newspapers, friends or family, or employment agencies. It was pretty cut and dried, with a description of the job opening, qualifications and a listing of the duties.Seems pretty simple, and it was.

Wearing the Human Resources shoes today takes on a different style. The new generation of employees have demands, not verbally, but socially. Understanding the job market is key to attracting the right candidates.

A study was completed by LinkedIn and Snagajob, online employment websites specializing in the hourly marketplace. The study showed that those surveyed indicated 71 percent of the hourly workforce is under 30 and felt that scheduling flexibility was a key factor. Of those, 59 percent felt that flexibility would result in higher job productivity. More than half said learning new things or accessing professional development opportunities would encourage them to be loyal to their job.

Close to 90 percent of Millennials expressed the value to them of having a reward system during training, and half of them stated that having friends in the workplace would motivate them and increase productivity. Another key factor: they value regular feedback from their employer about their performance, with 33 percent preferring recognition over higher pay.

Investing in new employees is costly to a company’s bottom line. High turnover can slow production and generate a reduction in output to consumers, taking a toll on not only the company but existing employees through overtime.

As an employer, what should you do?

• Develop consistent interview guidelines and questions. [1]

• Understand what your competitors are engaged in and what they offer their employees.

• Make expectations clear and be transparent about the company.

• Outline a recognition program for employees where they can be recognized by supervisors.

• Cultivate a team-building culture, whether inside the workplace or outside of the workplace.

• Empower employees in all positions and allow them to be a part of some decision-making.

• Educating your managers to understand this new style of workforce and to motivate employees.

How did we get to this stage? Millennial characteristics vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions; the generation is generally marked by an increased use of and familiarity with communications, media and digital technologies. In most parts of the world, their upbringing was marked by an increase in a liberal approach to politics and economics; the effects of this environment are disputed.

The Great Recession has had a major impact on this generation because it caused historically high levels of unemployment among young people, and has led to speculation about possible longterm economic and social damage to this generation.

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