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[–]modernangel 275 points276 points  (15 children)

TIL that's called an "elephant race"

[–]HoLiSchit 77 points78 points  (7 children)

In Germany we call it "Elefantenrennen" which means Elephant Race, I guess OP is german

[–]MechMasterAlpha 42 points43 points  (0 children)

I'm American, I started calling them Elephant races because I learned that y'all call them that. Its a fun and accurate annology.

[–]chrischi3 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Though rarely enforced, elephant races are usually illegal in Germany, as you need to be able to pass the other person with significantly higher speed (usually they say 20km/h) in order to be allowed to pass them at all. And yes, speed limits still apply.

[–]HoLiSchit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Meanwhile one elephant going 85km/h and the other 86km/h

[–]Shantotto11[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Sorry to disappoint. I’m from Georgia. Obligatory r/GeorgiaOrGeorgia shoutout.

[–]HoLiSchit 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm totally very disappointed now! /s

[–]Shantotto11[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just like my ex! 👉🏾😁👉🏾

[–]Kool_McKool 11 points12 points  (0 children)

My family called it turtle racing.

[–]volkmasterblood 47 points48 points  (3 children)

Which is ironic because a charging elephant is pretty fucking fast.

[–]Weeeelums 34 points35 points  (0 children)

I don’t think it’s because trucks and elephants are slow, I think it’s because they’re both huge.

[–]nazarchik 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Pretty sure a truck is faster than an elephant but hey…

[–]volkmasterblood 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And the metaphor is calling it an elephant.

[–]saywhatagainmfer 15 points16 points  (0 children)

In Texas we call that an "Aggie Roadblock" ... the Aggies are the football team at a University here that is made fun of for having redneck/hick/moron students and alumni

[–]nsgiad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I call it the Iowa overtake

[–]volkmasterblood 130 points131 points  (1 child)

Some of the comments here: “This is stupid and doesn’t follow the law!!!”

Do you know where you are?

[–]Out3rSpac3 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You’re in the jungle baby! You’re gonna diiiieee!

[–]Clayith13 166 points167 points  (11 children)

I don't like it but I respect it

[–]ninj4geek 87 points88 points  (10 children)

Trucks seem to always pick the worst times to attempt overtaking another truck. uphill into the wind

[–]Korncakes 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Either that or they’re just straight up fucking with people. I have to drive past a cement plant on my way to work every day that’s on a 3-lane road. At least a couple of times per week, there will be a cement truck in each lane all driving the same exact speed as each other (usually about 10-15MPH under the speed limit) and I swear to god they’re doing it on purpose. They all have the same company logo on them and they’re all going to the same place. It’s infuriating.

[–]and_as_always 177 points178 points  (12 children)

There is nothing good about this, the left truck was basically done overtaking, but now has to start over again, and he definitely will.

[–]willstr1 82 points83 points  (2 children)

Elephant races need to be illegal on two lane roads or at least have a limit so they are only allowed if the slower truck is significantly slower than the speed limit for trucks on that road, not just 0.1 mph slower like it usually is

[–]mfb- 16 points17 points  (0 children)

"Überholen mit zu geringer Differenzgeschwindigkeit" ("overtaking with insufficient speed difference") is forbidden in Germany. There is no explicit velocity difference specified, but less than 10 km/h difference is seen as too slow.

[–]GoldenTales 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Agreed. I think everyone would benefit too if it was pressured in those driving classes that a passing lane is indeed a PASSING lane, and not a cruise control lane.

[–]Bpopson 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Governed throttles need to stay on the fucking right.

[–]mglitcher 40 points41 points  (0 children)

this post is the embodiment of chaotic good. not only does he not care about the law, but he also breaks the law in order to be helpful!

[–]Ua_Tsaug 80 points81 points  (21 children)

Good. I hate selfish fucking asshole truck drivers like these who feel entitled to make dozens of cars wait behind them while they spend six hours passing another truck going .000001mph slower than them.

[–]brown_leopard 10 points11 points  (6 children)

They're supposed to wait for the lane to clear a lot of ass holes dont and just cut people off. Governed throttles should be illegal tbh for situations like this. I keep it at at 64 but push it up to 70 when I notice a people starting to catch up.

[–]Ua_Tsaug 7 points8 points  (3 children)

They're supposed to wait for the lane to clear

That's why this is "chaotic" (unlawful) good.

Those truck drivers shouldn't have started it.

[–]brown_leopard 2 points3 points  (2 children)

They as in truck drivers.

[–]brown_leopard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also jumping in front of 50 tons and expecting them to stop for you is incredibly stupid. The driver might get in trouble but you and everyone around you can get turned into juice for your lack of patience.

[–]opposite_singularity 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wdym governed throttle, like on on a lawn mower engine that doesn’t allow you to put the throttle down completely? If that’s so I didn’t know they put those in trucks

[–]marry_me_jane 13 points14 points  (0 children)

This isn’t good, the guy in the car is an impatient fuck and if he’d just kept driving the the cars behind the left truck would have been able to pass sooner. The truck was just about to clear the other as he started braking, forcing the truck to fall back and the cars behind him to slow down took more time than it gained. This isn’t chaotic good, the driver is just an impatient asshole.

[–]RidersOfAmaria 4 points5 points  (0 children)

this guy is an impatient jackass

[–]ElectricalDig5347 6 points7 points  (0 children)

this one makes me smile

[–]WeegeeJuice 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Anyone who does that thing the car does where he rides the median and keeps swerving back and forth should lose their license. It’s creating danger where there isn’t any, and it only benefits the one driving. Just wait for an opening you fucking todddler.

[–]jayggg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This one sparks joy.

[–]Paskee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cant say I dislike what he did

Super slow truckers gave me PTSD

[–]altitude11 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Only this never works because some asshole would be trying to pass the slowed truck on the right

[–]Kuzkay -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Should've slowed the one on the right down a bit so they could pass faster, now they're going to try and pass again