According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, there were 123 ATV accidents resulting in injury and 13 resulting in death between 2009 and 2012.
Now, instructors of a youth safety class are hoping to bring those numbers down.
Children age 6-10 participated in an ATV Rider Safety course Saturday morning at the Nebraska Safety Center in Kearney.
Along with the basics of four-wheeling, the kids learned the two most important aspects of ATVs.
"Definitely number one would be helmet, and number two would be making sure they got the right size four wheeler for the right size kid," said Jeremy Sheldon, the AG and Four Wheeler Safety Instructor.
Of the136 accidents between 2009 and 2012 that the Office of Highway Safety had in their study, none of those involved were wearing helmets.
The kids seem to have learned those lessons and are excited to get out and ride safely.
"The bigger the four wheeler the more dangerous it is, and the worse the accidents so you just got to be safe," said Nathan Wardin, one of the kids in the class. When asked if they enjoyed four wheeling, Wardin, Caden Hoom and Gavin Cole all answered with a resounding, yes.
The kids were not alone in learning the safety of these machines.
Sheldon said, "The parents are learning also. They come up and tell me, you know, there's some details that they never really thought of that they're very happy that I went over with their kid, so it's sort of, you know. We're training the youth but then the parents are catching a few little details that they never really thought of."
One parent said the whole family likes to go out together, but she wouldn't let her son ride without knowing the basics and safety he learned.
Kim Atchison said, "I think it's just imperative to start them as young as you can and on these nice small four wheelers. Our son is six, I think it's a perfect age to start learning, just the basic skills so we know he'll be safe and we can have a good experience."
To learn more about these classes and when more will be taking place, call Dianne at the UNK Safety Center at (308) 865 - 8256