Bicycle Safety Skills And Awareness Fair

bike safetyAmerica Matters Media and Teresa’s Garage Radio Show

Bicycle Safety Skills Awareness Fair

September 12, 2015

Event Start Time and Location

Reno Town Mall (the corner of So. Virginia St. and Peckham lane back parking area).

09:00 Am till 3:00 PM. No Preregistration necessary.


Girls and Boys ages 7 to 12 years of age, must have your own bicycle in proper working order. All bicycles will be inspected prior to entry in to the Skills course.

Each participant must have reached his/her 7th birthday and must not have passed his/her 14th birthday by January 1 of the year in which the fair is held.

Skills Course

The skills course will consist of 8 different maneuvers and all areas will be judged.

  1. Bicycle Inspection
  2. Mount and Dismount
  3. Figure eight maneuver
  4. Straight line control
  5. Weaving
  6. Emergency stop
  7. Turning
  8. Slow speed

Required Equipment


Safety helmet

Entry Fee

There will be a cost of $5.00 per entrant and all proceeds will benefit the Wynema Ranch Horse Sanctuary 501C3.


Prizes will be awarded for 1st -3rd places in both boys and girls classes. There will also be an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win various prizes ranging from bicycles to automotive repair. Must be present to win.

Contact Information

Teresa Aquila and Kelly Rush will be present at the Skills Course and can be reached at 775-772-8729 or 775-203-4950


Bicycle Safety Skills and Awareness Fair

Press Release


On September 12, 2015 from 09:00 Am till 3:00 PM America Matters Media and Teresa’s Garage Radio Show will hold a Bicycle Skills Course and Awareness Fair for youngsters ages 7 to 12 to be held at the Reno Town Mall back parking area. Participants who show exceptional bicycle-riding skills will receive awards and /or prizes. The event will provide an opportunity for bicyclists to measure their capabilities and increase their awareness of bicycle laws and the importance of defensive cycling.

Teresa Aquila, of Teresa’s Garage Radio Show and Kelly Rush from America Matters Media stated, “ In order to make this Bicycle Skills Fair an event the participants will enjoy and remember, many people and organizations along with several businesses have contributed their time and resources. This also helps to provide early education as an effective method of improving traffic safety.

We will be joined by Kiwanis International of Reno/Sparks, Local Law Enforcement and various businesses within Northern Nevada. There will also be booths set up inside the Reno Town Mall from various agencies and local businesses offering education, demonstrations, raffle prizes and giveaways. America Matters Media Personalities will also be on hand.

For more information, contact:

Teresa Aquila – Teresa’s Garage Radio Show


Kelly Rush – America Matters Media


Female Mechanics, What We Have In Common.

Female Mechanics, What We Have In Common.

As a child I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up; a Law Enforcement Officer and a Mechanic. How did I know that? When I was very young I loved to play with tools, not your traditional toys. I also was one to follow the rules and keep order.000616

In the first grade a police officer came to our class to talk about his job and how to stay safe in our area. I knew right then and there, I wanted to be a police officer. I stayed true and focused to both professions all my life. It wasn’t until recently, after being offered my own radio show, that I discovered (while interviewing many of the women in the Automotive Industry), that many of them had similar interests, wanting to be a mechanic and having a passion for law. Why is that?

To be truthful, I really have no idea. One woman who was one of my first guests on Teresa’s Garage radio show went to school to be a lawyer, but found herself switching majors and attended University Technical School instead.Cambria Orr Parts Specialist

As my list of guests grew, I began to see similarities. This had me really puzzled. Another guest also wanted to be a Police Officer, but changed her major.

How does one go from wanting to help protect the world, to help fix it mechanically? Then the other similarity we share is all of us are between 5’1” to 5’4”, mostly with dark hair, and somewhat of a slim build.Teresa D

Now this has me intrigued as to why. When I asked the other women why they chose Mechanics over Law, most stated that they found out it not only suited them well, but they were also very good at it. On my recent show, I met a lady who was a police dispatcher who became a business owner, and opened up a mobile mechanical repair company with her husband, who was also in Law Enforcement. What are the odds?

Teresa connected with Bogi Lateiner

Teresa connected with Bogi Lateiner

I recently had the opportunity to meet Bogi Letiener, business owner of 180 Degrees Automotive, and a member of the All Girls Garage TV show, hosted by the Velocity Channel. She too went to College with a major in Pre-Law, and later turned to Master Mechanic, business owner and educator.

Each lady had a unique reason for changing professions and heading into the Automotive Repair world. As for me, I had both passions from the get go and stayed true no matter what the challenge I encountered. And I must say, there were many.

I was leading the pack along with other females at the time since we were blazing the trail for women to be accepted as mechanics. It is much easier today for young women to enroll into these technical schools, because when I was starting out, they were not in existence, nor were women welcomed with open arms. A lot has changed over the years, and I believe, in a positive direction.Teresa Aquila

When asked by other women and men, why I wanted to be a mechanic, my answer is, why not? So, reach for your dreams and stay true to yourself. You may never get another chance.

What Do I Need To Know When Buying Car Insurance

What Do I Need To Know When Buying Car Insurance

Female Car BuyingCar insurance is one of the necessary evils of modern life. You pay a substantial amount of money each month to the insurance company, and if you are like most people, you have not had an accident or made a claim in years. Yet when you do suddenly find yourself involved in a collision, the insurance premiums you’ve been forking over all these years will finally pay off.

The advent of the Internet has raised the level of competition between insurance companies. Because you can now sit at home in your bathrobe and compare rates and coverage between companies, they are under more pressure to offer competitive deals. So why not leverage the Internet’s potential to help you save time, save money, and find the best auto insurance coverage?

First, let’s be clear about the fact that auto insurance is required by law in most states―it’s not optional. If you drive a car, you must have auto insurance. So you need to find out what the law requires in your jurisdiction when it comes to how much auto insurance coverage you need to maintain. Print out your state’s requirements, and save that information for the next step in the process.Car Insurance

Because insurance prices are all based on statistics, the prices each of us pays varies wildly. Things like the driver’s age, years of driving experience, what neighborhood the car is usually parked in overnight, the make and model of the car, what kind of safety features the car has, and whether or not you have antitheft devices installed―all of these variables will factor into the price you’ll pay for the particular level of coverage you choose.

Before you get too far into shopping for insurance, you might want to order a copy of your driving record. In much the same way that your credit rating determines what kind of interest rate you’ll get when you are applying for financing, you’re driving record will influence your insurance rate.

When you get your driving record, take a look at it to make sure that it is current and accurate. You would not want an error on your driving record to keep you from getting the best rate possible.

What Can Influence Your Rates

Because insurance prices are all based on statistics, the prices each of us pays varies wildly. Things like the driver’s age, years of driving experience, what neighborhood the car is usually parked in overnight, the make and model of the car, what kind of safety features the car has, and whether or not you have antitheft devices installed―all of these variables will factor into the price you’ll pay for the particular level of coverage you choose.

Before you get too far into shopping for insurance, you might want to order a copy of your driving record. In much the same way that your credit rating determines what kind of interest rate you’ll get when you are applying for financing, you’re driving record will influence your insurance rate.

When you get your driving record, take a look at it to make sure that it is current and accurate. You would not want an error on your driving record to keep you from getting the best rate possible.

What Coverage Do You Need?

Your state sets forth the minimum liability coverage you must maintain. But these are just the legal minimums and might not give you the coverage you need. You’ll have to decide what you want to buy beyond these minimums. Keep in mind that you are looking to find the balance between having adequate coverage and insurance

According to Consumer Reports, a general guideline for adequate bodily injury liability limits is $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident, plus $100,000 for property damage. These amounts are what your insurer will pay to someone you are in an accident with. For uninsured motorist coverage, you should get the same amount as for bodily injury liability, as this covers your medical costs when someone who is not insured hits you.

Which Insurance Companies Cost More?

So which insurance companies actually cost more than others? Like the report indicates, your state set the standards and the insurance companies use statistics, your zip code and the type of vehicle you driver along with whether or not you have safety features on your car or you drive an older model with less safety devices installed.

I found an independent study made up of several different types of driver’s consisting of male and female, ranging from 23 to 75 years of age. They all had excellent driving records and good credit scores. The study was based on the states where the top Insurance Companies are the market leaders.

Here is how they stacked up..

Allstate Insurance priced out at $1,570.00.

Progressive ranked #2 at $1,414.00

Geico came in at #3 $1,177.00

State Farm took the #4 spot at $1,147.00

USAA saved the most at $847.00.

As you can see, comparing companies with the exact same coverage can really save you money. Progressive prides itself as the company that can save you up to $500.00 by switching. Great advertising can pay off, that is if you listen to Flo, but the truth is, it isn’t really true, is it?

Did you know that your premiums are also based on how much risk you are willing to tolerate. True. Some of these companies use what is called price optimization.  the practice—which isn’t allowed in California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington for car insurance—uses data about you and statistical models to gauge how likely you are to shop around for a better price. Will you put up with a $100 increase? Yes? How about $200? So what is this based on?

But according to Bob Hunter, director of insurance for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), who has studied price optimization, those models can also take into account measures that seem to be unrelated to car insurance. They include the number of iPhones and beers you have purchased, or whether you’re sticking with Verizon FiOS when DirectTV might be cheaper.

During this study, Amica Mutual and State Farm were contacted and stated they do not use price optimization. Representatives from Allstate, Geico, Progressive, and USAA declined to discuss price optimization. Well I guess that speaks for itself.

So as you can see, comparing prices and shopping for Car Insurance really can save you money. If you listen to the TV ads, you might just pay more for your car

So How Do I get the best rate

  • Good driving record: Many auto insurers offer discounts to drivers who have not made a claim, haven’t been in an accident, or haven’t received a traffic ticket in three years.
  • Good grades: Young drivers can get discounts for maintaining a B average or better in school.
  • Driver’s education: Some insurance companies offer a discount for drivers who complete a driver’s education or driver’s safety course.
  • Multiple policies: Some insurance companies offer discounts if you have two or more policies with them.
  • Safety equipment: Equipment such as antilock brakes and antitheft devices can get you a discount.
  • Longtime policy holder: If you have kept your policy with an insurer for several years, ask about a discounted premium.
  • Higher deductibles: A higher deductible usually means lower premiums.

Supplemental Coverage

You can always supplement your policy with specific protections (for a higher premium, of course). For example, many motorists get comprehensive and collision coverage. Comprehensive pays out when your car is damaged or lost due to causes other than an accident, such as vandalism, theft, or weather. Collision coverage will pay to repair your own car if you hit something.

These options typically come with your choice of deductible, usually $250 to $1,000. This is the amount you pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in; the higher the deductible, the lower the premium you’ll pay for this type of coverage.

Additional options include rental reimbursement coverage, which pays for a rental car while your car is in the shop being repaired. Roadside assistance coverage will pay to have your vehicle towed. Keep in mind that if you already have an auto club membership, you do not need this additional coverage.

Happy Shopping.


Reference: ConsumerReports,


Hot August Nights Has Come And Gone For Another Year.

30629-HAN-Web-Graphics---Various-02(1)Hot August Nights has come and gone for another year. The cars and owners were revved up and excited to reunite with friends they met in the previous years and to spend time with new ones. If you have never been to Hot August Nights (HAN), I feel you are really missing out on some great cars and events.

Did you ever cruise in High School? Well, during HAN, you can cruise until your heart is content. Every night there is cruising, dancing, and showing off your car. So what if you do not own a classic car? Then there are still things for you to do: dancing, swap meets, car shows, meeting new people, concerts, looking at great cars, fireworks, the Big Boy Toy S tore, meeting the ladies from All Girls Garage S how (first time this year), checking out a company who takes 2005-20013 Corvettes and makes them look like a 1963 or 1967 Corvette , and so much more. You could even sit and watch the Barrett-Jackson Auction, which was broadcast live from Reno/Tahoe. There were over 250 cars up for auction and every one of them sold. If you’re looking for a classic, this is the place. Some on display were for sale; others were just for spectators to drool over.IMG_2224

Hot August Nights arrives each year the first week in August. The total number of cars that can register is 6,000. The event allows classic cars from 1976 and older to participate. You would be amazed how much money goes into some of these beauties, and then again, many are just like every day drivers.

My husband and I participate in HAN , and have since the inception in 1986. Although we have not been married that long, we did meet in a car club we both belonged to over 24 years ago.

This event has grown from some 50 cars in 1986 to the 6,000 participating today. No one knew how big this car show would grow, but because of how Reno and Sparks, Nevada are laid out, it makes for a perfect place to hold it.

Every Casino in town hosts their own personal car show with prizes , and this year, Virginia City, NV was added to the lineup of locations , starting on the Saturday before.

Virginia City Joined HAN this year

Virginia City Joined HAN this year


The entire Virginia City downtown area was closed off and all of the Classic rides filled the streets and so did the spectators. I hear it will be back next year, which in fact , will be the 30th anniversary of HAN.

So why do car enthusiasts such as myself love Hot August Nights , or any other car show for that matter? Good question. I have been a Car Chick since I was old enough to crawl. I preferred tools to toys. As I grew older, I took care of every type of transportation I owned; first my trike, then my bicycle, and at the age of sixteen, my first car.

My dad was a car guy, but never a mechanic. He kept every car he ever owned looking like new and I took Three classic carsafter him in that respect. So attending and participating in HAN is like living the past all over again. Not to mention I love checking out all the great cars. The swap meet is my second best thing at HAN. You just never know what you will find there.

When Hot August Nights first started up in Reno, I was in heaven. I shined up my 1963 Chevy Impala, signed up for the event , and well, the rest is history. I was a cruiser in High School, so this was right up my alley.

Meeting other car enthusiasts during the event is really a great feeling. You share stories, make new friends and meet great people who do not own classics, but love them just the same. There is something for everyone here.

I’ve put together a video with photos and live action footage of what you can expect to find at Hot August Nights. Hope you enjoyed it!

Test and Tune

National Automobile Museum Test and Tune

I love how people who love cars flock together, and whenever there is a great event, who would want to miss it? My invitation to join in on the fun at the National Automobile Museum recently proved to be more than just fun.001026 I got to meet new and wonderful people who share similar passions. It makes my heart beat faster.

This yearly event, Test and Tune, was as great a success as it has been in the past, but it was my first time absorbing the fun of it. Everyone was invited to attend, but if you are a member of the Museum, then you received a special treat, an extra raffle ticket. You see, the prizes aren’t material things, but a rare chance to win a ride in one of the Museum’s chosen cars.

This year you could choose a 1910 Franklin, Steam powered touring car, a 1937 Airomobile, or a 1957 Cadillac El Dorado, the most expensive car built that year (which came loaded for $17,200.) What a beauty.

The first winning ticket was held by none other than the husband of my videographer, Duane Epper. No, this was not a fix win, but I can tell you, he

Coan and Nolan

Coan and Nolan

could not have been more excited. Duane loves and restores model T cars, so this was just up his alley. His car choice was the 1910 Franklin.

The Franklin appeared to be the car of choice among most of the winners. One fun part of the evening was the two young winners ages 8 and 18 months. The eight year old Coan, and brother Nolan, were so excited to have the opportunity. Coan also chose the Franklin.

015202Then 18 month old Sam Neve showed the most emotion after realizing he was getting a ride in a car. Believe it or not, when his mother asked him to choose one, for Sam, it was hands down the Airomobile.

When placed in the car for the ride, Sam was smiling from ear to ear and waving with such great joy. The ride that the winners experienced, was several figure eights through the Museum parking lot.

Sam had the ride of his life. Hopefully, as he gets older he will remember this joyous occasion. The event was filled with fun, rides and great food. Definitely a date to mark on your calendar for next year, if you are in the Reno, Nevada area.009422

Hobby Stock Racing – Seeing It up Front and Personal

Hobby Stock Racing – Seeing It up Front and Personal

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to be the passenger during a local Hobby Stock Heat Race in Fallon, Nevada.IMG_1957 The owner of, Dan McGee, was so gracious as to offer my name, and Radio Show Teresa’s Garage, to Tami Buehn who is a Hobby Stock Racer driving car #33.

Hobby Stock Racing is defined as Stock or Stock OEM vehicles that race on a dirt short track with specific rules.

It isIMG_1998 not often one is given the option to ride in a car during a car race. When Dan McGee first presented the offer to be the guest on July 4, 2015, I, of course, could not say no.

My husband and I decided to make a day of it and we really weren’t sure exactly how the day would play out, but we did know one thing – I was going racing. We arrived at the track 90 minutes early, since the raceway is approximately 65 miles from where we live. The weather report called for thunderstorms, which this area has been receiving for the past 3 weeks. You know that one never messes with Mother Nature. She will get her way no matter what your plans are.

While enroute to Rattlesnake Raceway, it began to rain; not just light rain, more like flash flooding. As we entered the pit area, passes were waiting for us at the Pit Gate, thanks to Tami Buehn, and we proceeded to find a place to park out of the mud. It appeared to us that this race was not going to transpire today, due to too much rain and the track was a mud pit.T&T 2

I headed over to the drivers’ area and was met by Dan McGee. He was there taking photos and reporting on the weekend race for his website. Plus, he was the reason I was invited to attend the race. Racer Tami Buehn came over with a bearing to grease, and we hit it off. Everyone was waiting patiently to hear the news about the race. Then it came, it was canceled, and rescheduled for the next day, Sunday July 5th. This was disappointing, but Tami and her husband Dennis Buehn both invited us back Sunday. Of course we said yes.

We arrived back on Sunday, the sun was shining bright, but there was a large chance of thunderstorms later in the day. The weather was hot, but perfect for a race. The only problem was that although most of the water at the Raceway had dried up, the center of the track was still a mud pit.

A water truck was wetting down the track prior to the race and I was hanging out in the pit area with Tami Buehn. There were 17 Hobby Stock races in Tami’s class which meant a full track and a very dirty and somewhat wet track. Tami was driving a mid 70’s Firebird #33, white and yellow. Her nick name is Mud Hen, since she has had the privilege of spinning into the mud a few times.

I could observe and feel the tension in the pits from all the racers. Not towards each other, but for the race itself. Tami was pacing and nervous, but then again, she has a lot of energy. The outside temperature was in the 90’s and it would soon be time for me to suit up and plant myself in the passenger seat of #33.

IMG_1974Tami was so gracious as to supply me with a complete racing suit, right down to the shoes. I hopped into the jump suit, put on the leather shoes, then, putting one leg into the car then the other, I slid in. Those seats are not cushioned, they’re hard as a rock, but there to protect you from impact. That is important!

I strapped down the 6 way harness seat belt, and then installed my neck brace, helmet, and then the gloves. I felt like an astronaut ready for takeoff. In a sense, that is what we were waiting for. The side webbing had to be installed by my husband since I couldn’t turn or move to even try.

The call came over the special receiver all drivers carry that we needed to line up for the race. I felt as if the temperature in my suit was about 100° plus. The helmet had a flip up face shield which you could use if you were in need of some air, and boy, did I. I could feel my body temperature rising as we began to move again – then we were given the go ahead to begin our journey to the track.

Once on the track the drivers will take a few laps to get everyone in position before the checkered flag starts flying. After about two laps, off we went. Engines were roaring, your adrenalin is racing and the rush was on. We made it around the first lap, all was good and Tami was still holding second place. Then, while going into the back turn, we spun out into the mud. I could feel the sensation of the car starting to move around and we ended up into the mud pit. Tami did an awesome job of getting us out without help from the pit crew.IMG_1975


She put the pedal down and off we went again, engine racing, dirt was flying from every car, and since there are no windows in this car, a lot of it ends up in your lap or on your helmet. My blood was pumping and the car was roaring down the track while Tami was working hard to keep her position among the pack.

Then as we headed into the top turn, we lost it again, spun once, and then were back on the track, almost hitting the wall, but with great maneuvering, Tami managed to keep us moving straight ahead. This race consisted of 10 laps and Tami was determined to finish the race, even if she dropped back a few positions due to the spin outs.

As the white flag was raised, with only one lap left to go, Tami was still trying hard to gain one more place ahead. Next came the checkered flag and the race was over. Wow, 10 laps went so fast, and the rush was awesome. It’s one thing to be in the grand stands, another to be in the race on the track. I know one thing I learned from this experience, I am going to do it again.IMG_1976