It is not that rare to dream of cars, but if you have had a dream that has caught your attention and you want to know what it means to dream of a car to know what your subconscious wants to tell you, in the article, we will review the different meanings that it can have these kinds of dreams.
Cars are present everywhere, in our daily lives, in movies, series, video games, motorsports, etc., so dreaming that we are driving a car or seeing someone else driving would not be very rare. It is even possible that you are about to buy a new car and that your desire to be able to own a brand new car is so great that you even dream of cars.
However, if you are not very enthusiastic about a topic related to a car, a dream about cars can have many meanings. That is why it is important to know the meaning that a car can have in your dream.
Before talking about the theme of this article, I want to clarify a very important point: I am not creating an item for any dictionary of dreams. Forgive those who use them, but I, after having studied Jungian psychology so much, consider this way of approaching a dream to be at least frivolous. What I want here is to offer some tools so that the reader can, within his possibilities, do some work with his dream to capture something of his sense or meaning.
Well… dreams are products of the unconscious, and as such, they reveal something of the dreamer’s internal condition. Some elements in dreams usually represent some part or condition of our psychic structure. But for us to make sense of it, we need to do what Jung called “expanding” the dream. What does that mean? It means that, as in the case of this article, it is not enough to know what a car means in a dictionary, or even in Jungian theory, the expansion occurs when we first explore the dreamer’s associations - Which car is it? What’s is its color? Is there a memory attached to this car? Who was driving it? What is the dreamer’s feeling? Where was the car going? Was it day or night? And many more questions that may arise from the dream.
Come on then, when a car comes up in a dream it is usually symbolizing the way the person is conducting his energy (and ultimately, his life, or some aspect of his life). See that this is something comprehensive. This understanding works like a compass pointing towards north, but it is the extension that will give us more precise coordinates.
I will give a fictional example so that the reader can understand better.
Someone dreams that he is in a car with his father. The car is traveling along a road full of holes and the car, which is moving at high speed, ends up losing control and falls into a canyon. As we asked the questions, we found out that the father was driving the car and that this car was the car that the father owned when the dreamer was a child.
Well, now the most complex part comes in. How to use this information? Come on then, the car is falling into a canyon, this is an indication that the way the person is conducting his energy is not being healthy at all and here I want to make a parenthesis “people have a terrible tendency to be fatalistic or catastrophic,” which in no way helps in reading dreams. The dream is not saying that the person will die, but that he is not conducting his energy or his life in the best way.
But now the most important detail comes. The father drives the car and the car was his when the dreamer was a child. When we observe the choices that the dreamer makes for his life, we realize that the relationship with the father was decisive for this, but that this removed the dreamer from his nature and he started to walk in life a path that does not bring him real satisfaction. The dreamer follows a path determined by the relationship with the father, for example, a father who made him feel helpless or weak made him look for ways to become someone aggressive, or even that the dreamer tried to become someone important to give a response to the feeling of inferiority. Such an understanding can help the person to recognize some behaviors that are subject to bring problems in their personal or professional life.
It is clear that this type of understanding is not easy to achieve, but here I imagine that the reader can understand the difference that exists in this approach to dreams from that which is found in the dictionaries. But that’s it, whoever is willing to do genuine work will have to make some effort, a dream approach is not entertainment!
What is the meaning of dreaming about a car?
The meanings that we can find are very varied, but we can say that the most general that the car represents the course we are following in our life. However, as with other dreams, the meaning of the dream can change depending on many factors and the context in which it develops, that is, if we drive very fast, if someone is in the car with us, the destination, etc., a great variety of factors that can alter the meaning of the dream.
As the scenarios are very varied, as are the meanings, we will talk about the different contexts and factors of the dream so that you can know what it means to dream about a car in your particular case.
Different interpretations of dreaming about a car
The car can symbolize the need that the person has to start moving, chalk out their path to reach their destination. In this way, it can be understood as motivation or ambition to keep going.
Dream meaning of an old car
If in the dream the person drives an old car that is still moving forward, although, with some problems, it means that the person can settle for little and that he does not need a life full of luxuries to be happy and feel complete. This is a person who has no problem finding the positive side of all things. That is, instead of complaining about not having a new car, you are glad you have a working car.
Meaning of dreaming of an old car that does not want to work
In this case, the car indicates that the person at one time had great ambitions and had very big dreams, but that they are currently going through a period of difficulties and have fallen into melancholy and depression. They have trouble starting to move forward again and go way.
Meaning of dreaming of a luxurious car
The luxurious cars within dreams represent a great ambition on the part of the person who has the dream, indicating that this person will not give up until their dreams come true.
Meaning of dreaming of a car in bad condition or a car that has crashed
The dream indicates that a dreamer is a person with many ambitions but that when he encountered a great obstacle he could not continue advancing and crashed because he did not follow the correct path to fulfill his objectives. It is important to reflect on the decisions that have been made and change inside so that decisions can be made that help end the problem and not make it bigger.
Meaning of dreaming of observing a luxurious car
If the person only looks at the luxury car instead of driving it, it means that they have not started their way yet and that they are waiting for something to happen to give them that little push they need to get to work and start forging their way. You have great ambitions, but you don’t know which way to go to achieve them. You need to find your way.
Meaning of dreaming about driving a car
If in most of the dreams the dreamer is driving a car, it means that he is very active in life and that he frequently starts new projects and paths. This dream indicates that the person is in control of his life and the direction he is following. It is also an omen of new friendships, good health, a good family relationship, and positive economic change.
Meaning of dreaming about driving a car in reverse
Driving backward in a dream indicates that the person is focused on issues from his past that does not allow him to move forward. You have to overcome those traumas of the past to continue with your life.
Meaning of dreaming that you lose control of a car
Losing control of the car while driving means that the person has tried to cover many aspects of his life and that he has not been able to control everything. The subconscious is trying to tell you to slow down and watch things calmly, otherwise, you might crash.
Meaning of sitting in the back seat watching someone else drive
If the dreamer is a passenger in the back of the car, the dream means that he is going through a moment of crisis and self-esteem problems, so he lets other people take control of his life and take him to another place.
Meaning of dreaming that the car crashes
Very bad decisions have been made that sooner or later would lead to a bad place. The dream indicates that the problems caused by bad decisions have finally arrived. It will be necessary to work to fix the problems little by little and to be able to correct the course that has been lost.
As you can see, the meaning of dreaming about a car is directly related to decisions and to the path that has been followed in life. So depending on what happens in the dream or the state of the car, it shows us the state of the decisions that have been made.