Driving home for Christmas? New research by Honda UK reveals Brits’ travel plans for the festive season

  • Over three quarters of Brits (81%) will rely on their car over Christmas
  • Presents (64%), food (47%) and shopping (47%) are the most popular items to travel with
  • Over a quarter of people (26%) will be listening to festive music while travelling
  • The award winning 11th generation Civic e:HEV is the perfect family hatchback for this Christmas

Santa’s sleigh may be the second most important mode of transport in the UK this Christmas, as research from Honda UK found 81% of Brits will be relying on their car over the festive period. The all-new Civic e:HEV features updated hybrid technology that delivers superior levels of refinement and efficiency.

Honda UK surveyed 2,000 people in the UK to see how they plan to travel this holiday season, and clearly, driving home for Christmas is on the cards for many.

Driving During Christmas

Honda found the most common number of trips that Brits have planned is between four and six (35%), travelling less than 50 miles (29%). People in Northern Ireland will be most reliant on a car over Christmas (94%), followed by people in the East Midlands, the South West, and Yorkshire and the Humber (each 85%). Londoners will drive least, with just 28% driving over Christmas. Roads become busier this time of year with more unstable weather conditions, so it’s important to drive carefully. The new Honda Civic e:HEV offers the latest Honda Sensing technology as standard. Features include; 11 airbags, collision mitigating technology, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

Travelling Together

Honda found Brits prefer travelling with others as over two thirds (70%) are joined by a partner, friend and/or children. Driving alone is unlikely, with only 11% of people doing so over Christmas time. The Honda Civic e:HEV is comfortable. The cabin encourages light, increasing the sense of space for backseat passengers. The boot offers a 400-litre capacity.

A Balancing Act

The festive period allows families to come together, with presents, food and drinks. However, everything needs to fit! This table reveals the most popular things to travel with:

Travelling With:

Percentage Of Surveyed Brits











Honda offer exterior accessories including bike carriers, roof boxes and ski & snowboard attachments, for storing and transporting items without impacting on internal storage.

Most Common Passenger Activities

Over Christmas over a quarter of people will listen to a Christmas playlist (26%) while travelling. Gen Z is most likely to enjoy a festive soundtrack, with 52% of people between ages 18-24 listening to a Christmas playlist. Surprisingly, 14% of people admitted to arguing with family whilst travelling.

Rebecca Adamson, Head of Automobile at Honda UK, comments: “2022 has been a very busy year at Honda UK with the launch of the all-new Civic e:HEV and most recently the Civic Type R. We look forward to more excitement and joy in 2023 and in the meantime wish everyone safe and enjoyable journeys over the holiday period.”