During my commute to work, I primarily drive on a two lane road in a rural area. Every day, without fail, I get stuck behind someone driving at or below the speed limit and it frustrates me. I would simply pass them, but it seems EVERY time there is a passing zone, there is oncoming traffic preventing me from passing. Is there a term for this phenomenon?

  • Stuck in traffic? May 25, 2014 at 4:20
  • You found it already. You got stuck behind a car.
    – ermanen
    May 25, 2014 at 4:24
  • What I mean is, there won't be ANY cars, then as soon as it's a passing zone there will be a car coming in the opposite direction, preventing me from passing...
    – skarz
    May 25, 2014 at 4:34
  • Well, your thought is selective perception.
    – ermanen
    May 25, 2014 at 4:35
  • Perhaps you don't notice so much being behind someone when not in a passing zone. If you did, maybe the perceived phenomenon would disappear. IOW, perhaps there are plenty of times when there is not a passing zone and there is an oncoming car. You are perhaps less likely to become aware and annoyed in that case, since you cannot pass legally then anyway. Just a thought.
    – Drew
    May 25, 2014 at 5:00

2 Answers 2


Murphy's driving law

  • As soon as you change lanes to a faster lane, it becomes the slowest lane.
  • If you try to change lanes to get off the ramp, the guy in the lane to your right will always speed up.
  • On a two lane road, no cars will come from the opposite direction where the lanes are divided by a white line. However, as soon as it's allowed to bypass, the opposite lane is jammed. source

Barrett's Laws of Driving:

  • The vehicle in front of you is traveling slower than you are.

I would say you got bogged down or squeezed. Stuck works too.

▸ verb: get stuck while doing something

▸ verb: cause to slow down or get stuck

▸ verb: cause to get stuck as if in a mire

▸ verb: be unable to move further

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