By Denna Bowman
Motorists will clock up a staggering 675 million miles this year driving in the wrong direction, according to a survey carried out by a leading tyres manufacturer.
The poll conducted on behalf of Continental tyres revealed that more than eight in 10 drivers get lost regularly, travelling an average 25 miles every year.
That means they will drive 1,538 pointless miles during their lifetime – or half way across the Atlantic Ocean.
Guy Frobisher, of Continental Tyres, which polled 4,000 17 to 65-year-olds, said: “This is a staggering amount of extra miles driven.”
It also found on average we decide to do a U-turn after nine minutes of dithering.
But 12 per cent first rang dad for help, a third did not admit it to passengers, and 77 per cent tried and failed to re-trace steps.
And sat nav users don’t fair much better – with half taken the wrong way and 20% ending up in the middle of nowhere. While 30 per cent of users admitted not knowing how to read an old-fashioned map.