Are you having dreams about cars? At Least most of us do, especially getting up every morning, getting ready and starting our car. Most of us go through this routine everyday.

You know dreams are about our deepest fears, and desires in life, but most of us just ignore what our dreams are trying to tell us. Every day we spend at least 6 to 10 hours sleeping, and we often dream, well most of us do anyway.

I think it’s crucial that we pay attention to our dreams, it’s your mind’s deep inner voice trying to tell you what you need to hear, or what you are going through.

I have given my expert opinion on dreams for many years now, and I find that most of you get to know yourself better when you understand your dream world.

Now with the topic on hand, let’s explore your dream about cars, Starting with what they symbolize.

What Do The Car Dreams Symbolize?

In our dreams, cars symbolize control, which actually reflects our real world scenario, you need to be in control of your car, so no brainer. It also symbolizes if you have control or the lack of. 

They also reflect our current life.

You are fully in control of the Car

If you are fully in control of your car then it reflects that you have a full grasp of your life, you are fully in charge, you are going in the right direction. It also means your life is in balance both spiritually and mentally.

This is a good dream, because your subconscious is telling you that you have nothing to worry about, as in keep going, or driving forward.

Losing Control of Car/vehicle And Other Perspectives

This is the dream most of us have, your car is out of control, or you are unable to control it. This dream reflects a part of you that is feeling helplessness, there is a certain amount of anxiety. 

The feeling of uncertainty in dreams, heeds a warning that you need to get a grip on life, you can turn things around or even seek help if you are feeling emotionally unstable.

Michelle Carr, Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Montreal and the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine points out that dreams about losing control of a car points to underlying issues with our emotions.

She also mentioned that a car breaking down, example brakes failing, highlights a part of our life that is going through a lot of stress, or you are unable to manage a part of your life. 

I concur with that notion, because there was a part of my life when I was going through a lot of stress and car dreams were very apparent.

Car dreams are also about personal reflections, they indicate the parts of our life that we need to reassess or require attention. Which is echoed by David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW, a counselor and educator.

Cultural And Spiritual Meaning

Cars in culture reflect our societal values and our collective psyche. So it’s important to understand our dream with a spiritual perspective as well.

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., a psychologist of religion and Director of the Sleep and Dream Database, says that dreams interact with our cultural, social, political, and religious influences, especially when going through a time of crisis and change.

It was noted that the spiritual practice of Tibetan buddhist, or the Asabano people of Papua New Guinea illustrate the cultural meaning to dreams, including the ones with cars.

Expert Analyses

My analysis of car dreams, it’s clear that they are about anything related to control, emotion or even a crisis situation in life. If you are in control of the car and nothing happens, then you are in control of your life.

However that is a rare dream to have, most often the car breaks down or it’s out of control.

There you have it, car dreams can be very simple to decipher, they don’t need to be complex.

My understanding is that we sometimes don’t pay attention to the most mundane things in life. If you are reading this then you have learned how to tackle life or have some insights into how to go about it.


Edited by: Kash

Kash is a talented 3D artist who has worked at Apple and Splash Damage, and many other projects within the Games Industry. He also loves to blog about spirituality. He is the co-founder of Spiritual Nexus, where he combines his business and spiritual Interest to inspire others. 


Reviewed by expert: Grace Gabriella Puskas

Grace Gabriella Puskas is a spiritual author of a variety of MBS books, a passionate poet and visionary, and a qualified Reiki Master Teacher, Dream therapist, Herbalist, and Holistic & Shamanic Healer. She is a self-taught Astrologer of 15+ years and enjoys caring for others, healing the earth, and co-creating with the mystical powers of the Universe. She can be found Here.