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Jessi Iwji


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We are honored to have NASCAR Racer, Jesse Iwuji as a guest on my show October 09, 2018. His story is inspiring and his past is amazing. Dreams do come true and Jessi’s story will validate it. Tune in to 1180 AM KCKQ in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday 2 PM, or click the link for the podcast live. Go to

In all things Jesse Iwuji does, there are two constant elements: his love of country and his fighting spirit. This talented driver went from a D1A college football player to a lieutenant in the United States Navy and is now well on the way to making his NASCAR dreams an incredible reality. It has been key for Iwuji, who is currently serving in the Navy Reserves, to honor his country while pursuing and attaining excellence. It should come as no surprise that he has championed companies and charities that give back to our men and women in uniform.

Jesse is also a big supporter of NASCAR diversity. He was recently honored by NASCAR for the second year in a row – the Diverse Driver of the Year Award. He is a champion both on and off the track! NASCAR has never seen a driver like Jesse Iwuji before. While streaking toward the top tiers of NASCAR, the unstoppable Jesse Iwuji is taking us all along for one wild and exciting ride.

Who Are The Sisters On The Fly?

Who Are The Sisters On The Fly?


Lynn Cutler

Photo by Teresa Aquila

Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 41 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women, radio show host and public speaker.

Every August in Reno, Nevada, there is a car show that takes over two cities – the event Hot August Nights. You will find just about every classic make and model from the early 1900s up to 1976 vehicles. Being a mechanic, a classic car enthusiast and classic car owner, I am always on the hunt for something new that will intrigue me.

This year Hot August Nights added an addition that included classic trailers to their list of things to see during the show. Not just because they were classics, but because it was a new addition to the car show, I knew this was one event I had to make time for. I headed over to a local area park, Rancho San Rafael, to feast my eyes on trailers from the 50s and 60s.

As I began my tour, going from one trailer to the next, I found the trailers interesting because each owner actually uses these wellrestored beauties. My second stop was a trailer that was a two-story and another one that looked like the trailer Lucy and Ricky Ricardo towed in the old movie, “The Long Long Trailer.” While scoping out my next stop, I noticed three ladies dressed in poodle skirts, so I asked if I could snap a photo of them for my Facebook page. The ladies were very obliging and we struck up a conversation.

This is where a friendship began with this group of ladies, and come to find out they belong to a group of ladies I have wanted to meet, The article about this group and wanted Sisters on the Fly. I recently read an to learn more.

Sisters on the Fly is the largest women’s organization in the United States with a focus on outdoor recreation. They have one rule that they live by – the rule is “No men, no, kids, be nice and have fun.” So leave it all behind in your rearview mirror.

The Sisters on the Fly organization began in 1999 with more than 4,800 active members; currently, membership is 10,000, and growing daily. Some of the benefits and beauty of Sisters on the Fly are friendships, mutual support among members, and being together in the great outdoors. Camping, travel adventures, philanthropic endeavors, outdoor activities and social events together of SOTF. This membership-based as women are at the heart and soul community supports women in their journey to get up, get out, become more adventurous and have a more fulfilling life in the company of other like-minded friends.

Speaking to these three ladies during Hot August Nights, I enjoyed the enthusiasm they held for this group and all that it offers. To join is simple, go to top of the page. There is a yearly fee and click on the join tab at the very of $70. Joining gives members access to the large Members Directory database, to the well-organized group events and activities planned throughout the year, and the ability to sign up and join the adventures all over the US (and in Canada!) and even create and host new ones.

Any woman 21 years or older can join. A Sister on the Fly does not need to own a trailer, does not need to know how to fish, have any special or particular skills, or know anyone else in the group to be included in the organization’s adventures. She should just be ready to be in the company of women doing things, going places and making things happen!

If you are female and at least 21 years of age, they are worth the look. Who knows, there just might be a new journey waiting for you. Happy Motoring.

Many teens opting out on getting a driver’s license

Many teens opting out on getting a driver’s license 


Photo by Teresa Aquila  Teresa is a top-notch mechanic with more than 41 years of experience repairing everything from Porsches to school buses. Currently she teaches a basic auto-repair class for women and owner of Women with Wheelz Car Show and Seminars.

New car features are all the hang out together without being rage from backup cameras, parking assist and Many teens feel that it takes too together.

avoidance sensors helping to reduce accidents license that will not benefit them right much time and effort to get a driver’s and rear end collisions. Each year now. According to a new study by brings more sophisticated components and soon, many autonomous at the University of Michigan Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle vehicles will be traveling down our Transportation Research Institute, roadways. They are still in the testing the percentage of people with a driver’s license decreased between 2011 stages today.

You might think that taking your and 2014, across all age groups. For driver’s road test will be a breeze with people aged 16 to 44, that percentage all the assistance these newer vehicles has been decreasing steadily since offer, making it attractive to own a 1983. car today. When I was 15 1/2, I It’s especially pronounced for couldn’t wait to get my learner’s permit, then turning 16 I was at the doors 16-year-olds had a license, a 47 per- teens, In 2014, just 24.5 percent of of the DMV excited to take the cent decrease from 1983, when 46.2 required tests and become a driver. percent did. And at the tail end of the It meant freedom and no more waiting for someone to drive me around. had licenses in 2014, compared to 87.3 teen years, 69 percent of 19-year-olds Cars were much simpler then. percent in 1983, a 21 percent decrease.

Today, teenagers are holding off Among young adults, the declines getting their driver’s license. Going are smaller but still significant: 16.4 places is no longer the main reason percent fewer 20-to-24-year-olds had to connect with friends; now they licenses in 2014 than in 1983, 11 percent fewer 25-to-29-year-olds, 10.3 have the internet and cell phones, using means like Snapchat, Facebook percent fewer 30-to-34-year-olds, and or being a gamer which allow you to 7.4 percent fewer 35-to-39-year-olds.

For people between 40 and 54, the declines were small, less than 5 percent.

For those still looking to obtain a driver’s license, you might think with all the new features on vehicles today, one could pass the road test without much time for studying or hours behind the wheel as is required in most states.

Not so. This new technology is not meant to be an avenue to easy driving.

The driver is still required to take control of the vehicle when the onboard computers that operate the sensors fail.

Most states are requiring that during the road test for new drivers, all of the driving assist sensors must be turned off. The drive test, or road test as many call it, is still about the skill of the driver, not how well the car can perform on its own. So if you are in the market for your driver’s license, study and practice, you’ll need it.

These features are great for the handicapped or elderly, but for the everyday driver, are people losing their ability to drive without a computer lending a hand? In Nevada, the Department of Motor Vehicles will begin a campaign to educate the public about what is required before a scheduling a knowledge or road test for a new driver.

In Nevada, here are the requirements for young drivers:

Students attending high school must have the principal or other school official complete Section 1 of the form.

Students who are excused from attendance requirements because of disability or home schooling must have a parent or guardian complete the first part of Section 2.

Students who have completed high school or the equivalent must have a parent or guardian complete the first part of Section 2, complete the second part of Section 2 and provide a diploma or a Certificate of High School Equivalency.

These requirements do not apply to applicants 18 and older regardless of school attendance or status.

So, if you or your teenager is contemplating becoming a driver, check your state’s requirements. Each state varies. 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.