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Dreams Involving Cars

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 21 Sep 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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Just as you use your car to navigate from one place to another, in real life some people dream of cars as a means to find their way through life. Some researchers believe that in your dreams, a car is representative of your current relationship. But still, others think that while the car in your dream may represent your relationship in some cases, it can take on different meanings.

In some dreams, you may have a problem with your car. There is the dream where the workings of the car are foreign to you. You may not know how to shift gears or where the switch is to turn on the headlights. In cases like this, you may be going through unfamiliar territory in life, such as getting married for the first time, being pregnant for the first time, or starting a new job.

Many dreams focus more on how you are driving rather than what you are driving. This is usually symbolic of how you are going after what you want in life. Do you find yourself driving recklessly in your dream? If you do, the dream may be telling you that you need to slow down a bit in order to safely obtain your goal. If you dream you are barrelling down a hill and your brakes are not working, it can mean that your personal life is spiralling out of control. You may be eating unhealthy foods, working too hard, or not getting enough sleep.

Dreaming about different parts of a car can also be symbolic:

Battery
If you dream your car battery has gone dead, it may be symbolic of the fact that you feel emotionally and physically drained. Consider slowing down and altering your schedule to allot some down time to do things you enjoy.

Gas Tanks
If you dream your car’s gas tank is empty, you may feel you have done all you can in regards to a certain situation. For example, if you have been loaning a 'down and out' friend money, you may desire to help him or her, but feel at some point that they are simply draining your energy by not helping themselves.

Tires
If you dream of flat tires, you may be suffering from low self-esteem. Balding tires may mean that you have been going and doing so much that you have been neglecting yourself.

Windshield
Dreaming of looking through a windshield is symbolic of being able to see where you are headed in life. You may dream your view through the windshield is blocked by snow or rain. People who either have ended a relationship or have lost a loved one to death often dream of snow and driving through a snowstorm. Rain can also symbolise sadness and emotion. If you dream of driving through a downpour, you may have been through a recent crisis and are finding yourself flooded with a variety of different feelings.

Headlights
If you dream you are driving and suddenly find your headlights do not work, you may be unaware of things going on in your life. Racing around with out your headlights on can be symbolic of your not being able to see where you are going because you are not paying close attention. If you dream you are driving with your high beams on, you may be confusing those around you by insisting that your viewpoint is always right.

Dreaming of cars and different parts of a car can be insightful. These types of dreams can help you understand more about yourself as well as those with which you interact.

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Hi! I dreamt that I was sitting in my car, in the driver's seat eating a candy bar. I was parked in a unkept grocery store/strip mall parking lot. When a group of guys walk pass. Then two begin to jimmy the driver side passenger door through the window. I turn around and ask them what they are doing. One had a familiar face but I recognized him from the grocery store earlier in the dream. He simply just smiles and says my bad. I reverse my car and drive around the lot and come to a park not where a originally started but adjacent from so I could watch the group.
Cici - 21-Sep-18 @ 12:57 PM
Fifi - Your Question:
Hi I dreamt I was driving alone. I couldn't see out of windshield at all. I put the wipers on but no improvement. I beared left into a lane essentially blindly. Trying to control a car with zero vision. Secondly, someone when I was parked tried to take documents of mine from the passenger seat. I objected. Any clues? Thanks.

Our Response:
Your dream is quite literal, in that in some area of your life you feel as though you are navigating blindly. You may also feel a level of distrust to someone around you currently who you may feel could do something underhand (i.e the attempted taking of the documents from the car seat). The fact that you were driving alone, means that you feel pretty alone in whatever the situation is and the fact you objected to the person taking the documents means you may have to put up a minimal fight. It could relate to any situation in your life whether it's your relationship, job etc.
AnalyseDreams - 17-Aug-18 @ 3:20 PM
Hi I dreamt I was driving alone. I couldn't see out of windshield at all. I put the wipers on but no improvement. I beared left into a lane essentially blindly. Trying to control a car with zero vision. Secondly, someone when I was parked tried to take documents of mine from the passenger seat. I objected. Any clues? Thanks.
Fifi - 17-Aug-18 @ 2:56 PM
River Boy - Your Question:
Hi There, I dreamt I was driving a brand new car and I came to a traffic check point. Car rego Ok, Driver Licence OK. However, my signal lights as well as low beam lights were weak.When asked by the traffic officer about the lights, I told him that I just bought this car and it's new, and I couldn't fathom why the lights were weak.

Our Response:
It sounds as though you may have been given a bright new opportunity, or something similar and yet there is something that is underwhelming about it, or you cannot rectify something. It's very difficult to analyse dreams without knowing how the dreamer feels when in the dream and what part of life they may feel it relates to. But if you think about it, you should be able to connect it to a certain part of your life such as a new job, or a new relationship.
AnalyseDreams - 12-Jul-18 @ 10:30 AM
Hi There, I dreamt I was driving a brand new car and I came to a traffic check point. Car rego Ok, Driver Licence OK. However, my signal lights as well as low beam lights were weak. When asked by the traffic officer about the lights, I told him that I just bought this car and it's new, and I couldn't fathom why the lights were weak.
River Boy - 11-Jul-18 @ 6:16 AM
Sam - Your Question:
Hi There, I dreamt last night that I was kind of like in but not in maybe present in a head on collision with a purple car - I could clearly see the women driving she had dark hair, but before the cars smashed into smithereens I left it - it didnt feel bad just like I was witnessing the accident??? Was weird and it is bothering me

Our Response:
No, it is not 'weird' for it to bother you as the car is representative of your life and the control you have of it. A head-on collision means that somewhere in your life you are going to exit a situation of some conflict. It could be a relationship that is coming to a head, or a friendship, or job situation. Whatever it is, you will walk away unscathed and not have much emotion in connection to it. Only you can make the connection to whatever life situation it is.
AnalyseDreams - 28-Jun-18 @ 12:11 PM
Hi There, I dreamt last night that I was kind of like in but not in maybe present in a head on collision with a purple car - I could clearly see the women driving she had dark hair, but before the cars smashed into smithereens I left it - it didnt feel bad just like I was witnessing the accident??? Was weird and it is bothering me
Sam - 28-Jun-18 @ 7:16 AM
Hannah - Your Question:
This is a recurring dream. I’m the one that’s driving the car but I’m never in the driver’s seat, I’m in the passenger’s seat. Sometimes I have my hands on the wheel and sometimes I don’t. When I do have my hands on the wheel the car I’m always driving recklessly but when I don’t have them on the wheel the car is fine.

Our Response:
This is an interesting dream, as the car and who is driving the car can be representative of who is in control of your life. The fact you are not in the driver's seat means that you feel that someone else (or something else) is in control of your life, not you. When you are driving recklessly and you have the hands on the wheel, this means you feel that when you are in charge of your life you are reckless with it. You would need to try to connect it with the part of your life this relates to. It may mean there is someone in your life that you are reliant upon and feel much more relaxed when they are in charge and not you (this may be a boyfriend or spouse). However, it may also be an indicator about your life in general and pose the parallel question, is it not about time you took charge of the wheel (your life) and stopped being reckless with it?
AnalyseDreams - 15-Jun-18 @ 10:03 AM
This is a recurring dream. I’m the one that’s driving the car but I’m never in the driver’s seat, I’m in the passenger’s seat. Sometimes I have my hands on the wheel and sometimes I don’t. When I do have my hands on the wheel the car I’m always driving recklessly but when I don’t have them on the wheel the car is fine.
Hannah - 14-Jun-18 @ 5:33 AM
Sal - Your Question:
I had a dream in which I was driving our Chevy equinox down a hill at night and it was pitch black I realized my headlights were off and I tried to turn them on but I would keep going passed the on setting and having to switch all the way back to on. It was down hill and even though it was dark I forced myself to see and I could. I was driving carefully and correctly but I was scared and I saw a figure to my left. honestly I couldnt make the figure out but I was scared and it seemed as scary as fredy kruger and to be honest I'm not scared of that movie I used to like those movies well anyways right after that I woke up and it had only been probably like an hour

Our Response:
The fact you were driving without lights in your dream, quite literally means you are feeling in the dark or unsure about a specific direction in which you are headed. You are also feeling cautious about a progression regarding some area in your life. The scary figure is really just a symbol of the unknown and potential fears you may have. You would have to assess your own life and try to find out what this might be in connection with. Your feelings at the time will also tell you how you subconsciously feel about this situation. The fact you are moving cautiously in your dream means that you are carefully and deliberately weighing up this particular situation, which is no bad thing.
AnalyseDreams - 23-Apr-18 @ 12:52 PM
I had a dream in which I was driving our Chevy equinox down a hill at night and it was pitch black I realized my headlights were off and I tried to turn them on but I would keep going passed the on setting and having to switch all the way back to on.. It was down hill and even though it was dark I forced myself to see and I could.. I was driving carefully and correctly but I was scared and I saw a figure to my left. honestly I couldnt make the figure out but I was scared and it seemed as scary as fredy kruger and to be honest I'm not scared of that movie I used to like those movies well anyways right after that I woke up and it had only been probably like an hour
Sal - 23-Apr-18 @ 10:28 AM
Rose - Your Question:
I had a dream I was driving a big truck and it was dark and I could not see so I tried to turn on my headlights but it would not work the headlights would not come on so I thought I will just keep driving straight and hopes there are no turns.

Our Response:
It may be that you have an objective in life and you are moving towards it blindly. In other words you are keeping faith that something will work out. If you were driving the truck it means you feel you are in control of the situation and should anything go wrong, you have the confidence to continue on the path you are on, no matter what life might throw at you. Only you can interpret what you feel this dream means in your day-to-day life and what situation it should be attributed to. However, sometimes it may not be a particular situation, just a vague feeling that you have that you have a specific need to push on through.
AnalyseDreams - 19-Apr-18 @ 12:53 PM
I had a dream I was driving a big truck and it was dark and I could not see so I tried to turn on my headlights but it would not work the headlights would not come on so I thought I will just keep driving straight and hopes there are no turns.
Rose - 17-Apr-18 @ 3:41 PM
i dream very occasionally that im either, driving, flying or running. Niether of them iam able to do properly. I drive wreckless, unable to work or control the car properly and i sometimes crash or driving at extreme speed unable to stop the car. Flying, i fly then i fall then i start up again flying but very close to the ground, hitting the ground occasionally with my stomach. This happens often especially when im being chased. And running i run so slow, unable to use stairs and often the last one behind when running in a group of people. Could you help me get an understanding?
abatwa - 3-Mar-13 @ 10:39 PM
I hardly ever remember my dreams, but last night I had the most vivid dream that my sister and I walked towards my car, as we got closer it slipped down into a very large drain, broke up into many pieces and disappeared. It was awful and very real.
pocketrocket - 18-Jul-12 @ 1:21 PM
So say I had a dream about driving my car down the road, smooth ride, only to notice that I have new front tires. They're not regular tires though, they're more like odd off road tires that have huge 4 inch long dull spikes and are spaced out over the tread of the tire. Would that have any sort of meaning?
LLIV - 17-Apr-12 @ 10:50 PM
nice its good for learning from beyond your thoughts n imagination with ur dreams i learn a lot and always tried to know more from my own dreams...:)
SID - 29-Sep-11 @ 3:45 PM
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