Side airbags have been relatively standard as of late, and apparently they’re proving to be worth it. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that they reduce drivers deaths when struck on their near sides by 37 percent. The rating jumps up to 52 percent for the side airbags installed in SUVs. If you’re wondering when you would use an airbag on the side of you, they are there to protect your head if you get hit from the side. The regular steering-wheel airbag doesn’t do so well in that department.