With the proliferation of motor vehicle’s travelling across the face of this Earth, it should come as no surprise that these gas-eating, smog generating, necessities drive through our dreams from time to time. I can almost guarantee that back in the day people dreamt about their horses or chariots, and before that, their feet. And, I would venture to bet that humanity will probably dream of their aero-cars and jet packs in the future. Our vehicles have become almost as indispensable in today’s society as electricity and indoor plumbing.
According to the dictionary, a vehicle is: 1) Any means in or by which someone travels or something is carried or conveyed; a means of conveyance or transport: a motor vehicle; space vehicles. 2) A means of transmission or passage: Air is the vehicle of sound. 3) A carrier, as of infection. 4) A medium of communication, expression, or display. 5) A means of accomplishing a purpose. In dreams your car, or vehicle can represent any of these meanings much more.
Many dream researchers, by studying thousands of dreams, have concluded that most often cars (vehicles) represent:
1. The vehicle or means by which you move through the journey of life. Are you stuck in a rut or is life passing you by?
2. A general warning concerning a car accident or incident, depending on the contents of the dream, of course. If, for example you dream of your car stalling, then you might want to check your motor, rather than worry about an accident.
3. How you’re dealing with life’s issues. For example, if you dream of a speeding car, this may be suggesting that you’re hurrying or forcing an issue.
4. Often times, a vehicle represents the physical body and its condition. What condition is the vehicle in? Is it all banged up, or is it shiny and new? Is it running out of gas, or ready to fall apart?
5. A car (or vehicle) may also symbolize your mindset or ideas. Is the car old and outdated? Are you having difficulty steering or stopping? Is that old antique (antiquated belief or idea) still sitting in your garage?
6. Very often, a car (or vehicle) represents your deep (often unacknowledged) drives and ambitions… what drives you, what motivates you. Examine the rest of the dream for further clues to what’s under the hood so to speak.
7. These days, your car may be a representation of your status or social standing. But, of course, you must decide if this is what it represents for you. Some dreamers are completely unconcerned with these issues, while others are very sensitive to them.
8. And lastly, a car may represent your self-control or lack of it. Who’s driving the vehicle? How is the car being driven, erratically, dangerously, slowly? Does the vehicle slip and slide or is it doing donuts in a parking lot?
There are a variety of different situations and imagery involving cars (or vehicles in general) you may find in your dreams. To learn more about what your car dream’s trying to tell you, and to understand what’s driving your life, visit: Terry Gillis Dream Analysts’s Site for additional symbolism and interpretations.