A DRIVER has boasted about shaving his journey by 20 minutes by performing a controversial roundabout ‘slingshot’ trick that was loathed by other motorists.
The TikTok user posted footage online showing how he managed to avoid the backlog of queues and split many cars.
Andy Higgins shared the 110-second clip with the caption, “My epic spin roundabout.”
He added, “Saved me 20 minutes on a good day.”
Footage shows him using this tactic on successive motorways, including the A283, which runs between Surrey and West Sussex in south-east England.
The Slingshot involves crossing lanes and then going all the way around a roundabout before bypassing the cars queuing for the first exit.
And he shared the clip with Newcastle motorist Shaun Jobber, right @jobbertokwhose account promotes the driving hack.
Shaun recently shared footage of a similar “slingshot” at a busy roundabout in Hull, East Yorkshire – which was both praised and condemned by viewers.
In this case, the driver was seen pulling into the inside lane and completing a complete lap before spinning away at the first exit.
They left a long line – in footage Shaun shared online with the words “I love the old roundabout slingshot”.
This clip has been viewed more than 2.1 million times and received more than 206,000 “likes”.
Some called the move “such a good idea” and “brilliant,” and one admirer wrote, “Every time I do this I tell myself out loud I’m the smartest guy alive.”
Another posted, “I really love doing this and seeing everyone getting mad,” while also saying, “I do this at roundabouts too and wonder why nobody else is doing it.”
But one commenter admitted, “I always feel like a criminal,” while another replied, “I was one of those jerks who sat in traffic and didn’t notice the skids that were happening next to me.”
And there were critics, too, including a viewer who called the move “dangerous.”
Another skeptic warned that the anti-congestion measure “could create the same problem if everyone does it”.
There were also concerns about breaking the news, with one viewer joking, “I’m glad this maneuver has a name, but that’s classified information that shouldn’t be shared.”
The Jobbertok account shares videos that Shaun says help drivers understand little-known traffic rules.
The TikToker, who used to work for a leading UK insurer, decided to use his experience as a car insurance claims handler to inform motorists and avoid unnecessary traffic jams.
He called other drivers “stupid” after overtaking 20 cars in line in June.
He also shared footage of the moment an SUV crashed into a parked car, nearly ripping off the driver’s door.
There were other examples of motorists using a “roundabout slingshot” trick to avoid morning traffic, and a video of a motorist losing control in a wet roundabout went viral on social media.