car dream dictionary meaning

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A single car often represents how we control our lives.

Most people experience a dream about their car at some point. This dream meaning is about a “single” car. I have covered the dream meaning of “cars” just click here. I wanted to segment these two dreams because I feel that a single car in a dream holds a slightly different meaning. Dreaming of cars obviously represents the ability to make a decision in life. It can often be associated with controlled life, I’ve listed the key elements of different “car” dreams below. But, the overarching meaning is that you need to understand yourself to in order to make decisions, goals, and choices. If you have passages in the car then this can be connected to other people or more life journey. If the car is cheap, rundown or a banger it represents your vulnerability life and possibly financial problems. A new car indicates an approach to a new problem alternatively a new beginning. Being able to drive your car in the content and happy state during the dream suggest you on the right road. A stolen car is connected to feelings that you wish to hide, in some respects something is hidden. To have sex in a car during your dream indicates you are feeling out of control in a relationship. Likewise, it means that you need to focus on "you" for a while.

The car could be your own or unknown to you in real life. For example, maybe your brakes did not work in the car, or that you were driving erratically. It could be a sign to drive more carefully in life. Think about the environment of the car in your dream. I will now break down your dream meaning, the best advice is that you scroll down to find your dream.

What Does it Mean To Dream About a Car?

Symbolically, dreams about car represent yourself, and your ego. The details of the dream are connected to how you are faring on in your life path. Depending on other factors surrounding the dream, Sigmund Freud, the famous dream psychologist explains that a car could be symbolic of your physical body, ego, mind, personality, consciousness, the direction your life is taking, or your life in general. Dreaming about cars is common bearing in mind that we see them, drive them in waking life. For most people, it is the main mode of transport to get you to wherever you want to go so it is “common” to dream about it. How much you rely on the car will determine the symbolism you have in your dream. This article is all about understanding the various meanings of dreams where you see a car. According to Carl Jung, another famous dream psychologist, a car can represent your social persona, including your own: social status or social image. The “car” in the dream indicates the control and power you have in life – or that you believe you have. If the car is speeding this is how successful you are moving in your life path. Before I analyze your dream about the car, it is important to answer some important questions as follows:

How did you feel about the dream?

When you are in the car dream, how are you feeling? If you are at a high speed and experiencing elation, it means something different from when you are driving fast and feeling panic and fear. If fear and panic set in this could be how you are feeling about a situation in life.

How was the ride in the car?

Try to analyze how you felt about the “ride” in your dream as it symbolizes the hardships and obstacles in your life. If you experienced dangers, obstacles, or a bumpy ride, things blocking the road such as rocks on the road or traffic lights of danger, then this dream is portraying the type of environment you are currently living in and how hard or easy you feel about your life journey.

Where were you in the car?

If in your car dream you saw yourself sitting in the passenger seat this can signal being out of control. Were you in the driver’s seat or passenger? If you are in the driver’s seat, then it means that you are attempting to gain more control of your life. If you saw someone else sitting in the driver’s seat, the same person could be trying to control your real life. Sitting in the back seat is a sign that, you are taking a back seat approach in life or you are finding yourself in specific situations surrounding your life. If you are sitting in the passenger seat in your dream, then you are very passive in your life.

Are there other cars around you?

When you dream about a car, it is important that you check out if there are other cars around in your dream or just the one you are in. Other cars are symbols of your other aspects which you are ignoring or repressing. I always feel that other cars around you could be traits, feelings or behaviors which you associate with other people, with or which you feel should be part of you. Finding yourself in a traffic jam in your car dream is an indicator that, you are overwhelmed or overcrowded.

How was the car?

In the dream, the overall image of the car is very important. Is it missing some parts like the tires, then you will have to ask yourself what you could be missing in life. A flat tire could denote that, you have a feeling that, your life is stagnant in a situation you are currently experiencing. If the car was overheating, it could be a sign that, you need to slow down on whatever you are working on as you might end up exhausting yourself. It could be time to take a break from your day to day activities.

What color was the car?

Different color car’s mean different things to different people with some colors having a general meaning. I will move onto this below.

What does it mean to dream of seeing or driving an automatic car?

Dreaming of an automatic car could denote that, everything seems to run as per your plans. If the automatic car seen in your dream becomes faulty, then it implies that a plan has stalled and it is no longer working. Setbacks seem to be controlling you and you are unable to overcome them.

What does it mean to dream about a car accident or being hit by a car?

A dream where you encounter a car accident is never a great dream to have. In older dream lore, it is an indicator that, your emotions are being overrun by fear or anxiety, maybe you are overworked? It could be a sign that, you need to slow down in your life to avoid being struck by a disaster in the near future. You will need to re-plan or re-think what action to take a different path in your life which will be better and which will enable you to avoid being burned out. On very rare occasions I have come across this dream actually being connected to a real accident.

When you dream that you have been rear-ended or someone crashed into the back of the car, it could denote that, something that happened in your past is still haunting your current life. Acknowledge that you are being held by something in the past, learn from it and strategize on overcoming issues. Remember, that the crash can happen due to things not going well in life. But, you can overcome issues.

When you crash your car with someone you know in your dream, it implies that your goals, a way of life, or beliefs are not in line with those of people around you and it is causing a tug of war. Alternatively, it could imply that you had an experience which shocked you and left an imprint on you. I know this dream can be traumatic – it makes you look at the world around you differently.

What does it mean to dream of a white car?

The white color is symbolic of truth, purity, and innocence. Dreaming of a white car could have several meanings depending on other things that are surrounding the dream. I want to point out some common scenarios in a dream where you see a white car which can carry either positive or negative meanings.

Buying a new white car:

If you dream that you bought a new white car, it means that, you are seeing life differently from how you used to view it in the past. There is a possibility of being in a new relationship, finding a new job, or starting a new project that will be much fulfilling.

Someone else driving a white car:

When you have a dream where someone else is driving a white car in your dream while you observe them, it is a sign that, you are unable to control your life. People are making decisions for you and everything in your life is being controlled. There is a possibility that you lack self-control, self-esteem is low and you don’t know of what possibilities you can achieve without the help of others. Such dreams could be an indicator of what is happening in your life without your knowledge yet they impact greatly on you. Treat the “dream” as a warning and try and change yourself and become more confident and take charge of your life.

Crashing a white car:

Crashing can be worrisome for most of us, even in the dream world. To crash a white car in your dream is an indication that, you and someone else has differences in opinions and the way you treat life. If you hit someone else with a white car, it denotes that, you have said or done something bad to someone whom you consider to be very important.

Seeing yourself driving a white car:

Seeing yourself driving a white car in your dream is an indicator that, you have the ambition and desire to move forward in life. Alternatively, the dream could mean that you are going from “one” phase of life to the next, which is better than the previous journey you were taking. On the other hand, the dream could denote that, you are good at making great decisions and that is what has led you to have a lot of success in your life especially in areas which are important. The white car in your dream is representing your independence in relation to other people, be sure of what you want in life.

A stolen white car:

My car is white and I had two or three dreams of the car being stolen. It was all about my identity, I believe. When you dream about a stolen white car, it denotes that you are full of fear. It could be fear of losing a job, breaking up with your partner, or losing out on a friendship. Whatever it is that you are about to lose is very important to you and you must let it go and thus, face the fear. There is also a feeling that you are controlled in a way and therefore, you are not utilizing your energy for the things you yearn for. At the end of the day, you could feel your potentials are neglected and unnoticed. Alternatively, it could be a sign that, in the days to come, you are going to face challenges in your life and thus, a warning to prepare in advance. Are are at liberty to seek help from those around you in case the situation becomes challenging? If you stole the white car it can mean you want to create a more spiritual side of you.

What does it mean to dream about police cars?

Police cars in the dream are an indication that, you are open to seeking help or that if you are in need of some help in a situation in your waking life, there is no need to worry because help is on the way. You might be need intervention due to other people creating “turmoil” seeing a fast police car can indicate hidden gossip according to older dream lore. Alternatively, the police car could be symbolic of restrictions and rules which you are imposing on your life and yourself.

What does it mean to dream about a blue car?

The blue color is symbolic of integrity, honesty, intelligence, dedication, divinity, and solace. There is a possibility that you are desiring to escape from the pressures of life. You believe that there is only positive things to happen to you in the future and nothing else. Depending on another context in your dream like the car being blue, the dream could denote despair or anguish. A car is symbolic of future results of your activities, both positive and negative. It also shows how the ideas will be implemented. A dream about blue car could have different meanings depending on another context in the same dream like the following scenarios:

Dreaming of a dark blue car:

When you dream where you see a dark blue car, it is a sign that you are in control of a certain situation in your life in a way that you need to be brutally honest or insensitive. You are controlling a situation whereby, it feels okay to be look after yourself. It could be an all emotionally immune or forming an honest opinion about the control that you have in life.

Dreaming of a light blue car:

Seeing or driving a light blue car in your dream is indicative of you are in control of a situation which is well-intentioned or very sensitive. You may have a desire for honesty to prevail in a situation that is connected to setting goals, light blue like the sky indicates that you need to be caring about the feelings of those around you. In my view, this dream is about a situation where you or others care too much about feelings. The key message from old dream lore is forming positive control or management over a situation.

What does it mean to dream of being carjacked?

Carjacking is quite rare but in society we often hear of the terrible stories associated with this crime. Seeing yourself being carjacked in a dream it could be a sign that you are not achieving your set goals in life. It is possible that you have lost focus or you are being pulled by others in a wrong direction. Alternatively, it could be that you feel that circumstances are forcing you to take a different route on your journey in life. On the other hand, there is a possibility that someone or something outside your control is taking charge of your life.

What does it mean to dream about stick shift or standard transmission?

Standard transmission car or a stick shift car in your dream, that is, a car that is not automatic is an indicator that, you need to control several small details in your life. It could be due to a current situation of insecurities or burdens that you are harboring and are making you want to over-control them.

What does it mean to dream about a red car?

Dreaming about a red car denotes having self-control or control over a situation that seems to be too arrogant or dangerous. The good news is that you will achieve with the full knowledge that you can FACE a situation which maybe dangerous because you you can overcome anything. It is a situation where respect for others is not considered and you will stop and nothing until you achieve results -- even if it means stepping on other people’s feelings. As an example my friend dreamed of a red car before she handed in her notice at work. Everything worked out well. I feel, this dream indicates you will be successful due to having a passion for what you do and you climb your ladder to success.

Alternatively, the dream could denote that, you are engaging in dangerous leadership over a situation. You know very well that what you are doing is not right and yet you let it pass under your watch as the boss. You are a snob and you care less what other people say because you don’t have time to listen to them. Nobody has a right to tell you what to do.

What does it mean to dream about a race car?

When you dream of a race car, it is symbolic of a racy and fast-paced approach to life. it could act as a warning that you are dangerously running your life and you might spin out of it if you don’t change your ways then you could find yourself “burned out.” Alternatively, the race car could indicate headstrong, competitive, and driven nature your life path has taken. If you happen to observe two race cars in your dream, it is a sign that you competing against two goals or ideas which are currently on your mind. You will need to choose wisely.

What does it mean to dream about industrial vehicles?

Industrial vehicles and cars in your dream are an indicator of your physical labor and the workload you are putting in to achieve your set goals. It could be your day to day activities or job or other jobs that involve a lot of psychological and mental activities.

What does it mean to dream about a stolen car?

I have spoken about this briefly before, but a stolen car in your dream means that you are feeling robbed of your identity, who you are, and the power you have to get to where you want to go in life. Apart from feeling lost, you could be feeling stripped of your power, leaving you stranded without having the ability to get to where you desire to go. It could relate to your relationships, your occupation, or situation which are self-defining and significant in your life. 

What does it mean to dream about a car dealership in your dream?

Are you feeling pressurized? When you have a dream where you are in a car dealership, it denotes that, there are some decisions which you need to make about your life path. It is a sign that you are trying to figure out your set goals, your purpose and with that, make a decision on where you want your life to head to.

What does it mean to dream of driving a car?

Seeing yourself driving a car along the road in a dream is indicative of high-level activities and a lot of profit of your venture or business. It could also denote the control you have over where you are heading to in life. If we think about it in clear terms a driver makes up a decision about where to take ones car and how fast or slow to drive. Driving a car simply implies that you are in control of your life and you are taking responsibility for everything that happens thereafter. If you are driving the car recklessly, it denotes, you could be making difficult decisions. Alternatively, the dream could mean that you are being irresponsible in your actions. On the other hand, the dream is a warning that you are being reckless when you drive in waking life. I’m sorry but this dream is simply about being recklessness.

Type of road in your dream:

Driving on a straight and narrow road could indicate that, everything is working on well as per your plans. If the road is bumpy or winding, then it means that you are encountering obstacles and changes as you work towards achieving your goals in life. If you see a fork in the road as you drive, it is indicative of a scenario where you must make a decision in your life in order to move forward.

If you see you are driving on a deserted road, it means that you are going the wrong direction in your life and you need to make a U-turn. Alternatively, you could be having feelings of loneliness. On the other hand, you could be trying out new things which nobody else has ever tried; taking risks in a new venture.

What does it mean to dream about a toy car?

A toy car dream is symbolic that you have a desire to take charge of your life. It could either be a feeling of immaturity and removing responsibilities in life - or it could be a symbol of preparation; it all depends on the feelings that the dream emits in you.

What does it mean to dream about a haunted car?

A haunted car seen in a dream is rather rare in my opinion. Driving a haunted car is an indicator of unfinished goals. Perhaps influences and obstacles on your way to achieving the goals have made you change your path of life to alter your goals and pursuits of something different. Are you are feeling haunted by what you initially set out to achieve? The dream could be related to your relationships, job or other areas in your life.

What does it mean to dream about cars that are parked?

A dream where you see cars parked is a sign that you are stalled or stuck in your real life. The dream could have both positive and negative meanings. On the positive side, if you are yearning for a break from your day to day activities, then the dream is suggesting that it is time to take one. A parking lot is a dream connected to parking your goals in life.

On the negative side, if you have dreams and goals which you are working towards, then the dream is an indicator that, you will need to change course in order to achieve, otherwise, you are destined to fail. A parked car could mean that you are passive and want things to be thrown into your laps without having to work for them. You might be in need of a fresh start in your life. A dream where you cannot remember where you parked your car is an indicator that, you are not certain where to go and you are feeling lost even and you may need to start again. It seems as if you are undecided on what you want to do with your life.

What does it mean to dream about a car fire?

Seeing a car on fire could denote different things depending on the feelings that the fire evokes. In your and the context of the car fire. On one hand, fire being symbolic of renewing and cleansing, the dream could mean that you have realized that you are living dangerously and have decided or need to make drastic changes. You might have become downtrodden due to your carelessness in life, or it is time to give up something to start up afresh. If you are abusing a substance, this dream could be a sign that, it is time to give up on it or go to ruins.

Alternatively, a dream of a car fire might be a representation of your anger as you walk down your life path and choices which have led to you being down. It is associated with resentment towards those with control and power and defiance and anger towards authority.

What does a car dream meaning in Islamic?

According to Islam, a car in dreams can denote honor, dignity, attainment, and advancement. If you see yourself running after a car or your car keys, it is a sign that you are going to get in contact with someone who is in authority which will help you. If you are riding a cargo vehicle in your dream, it means sorrow, distress, and suffering.

If you see a coach, carriage, transport vehicle, litter, coach or lifter in your dream, it represents your capability of managing your life. Remember the car is made of various parts which coordinate in order to “get us” to our destination. If you see yourself riding a litter which is carried by other people, it indicates that you are going to preside over people, or you are going to give birth to a son who will grow to be a very important person. If you are a traveler and you see a car in your dream, it denotes that you are going to slow down on your trip and you will be delayed.

What does it mean to dream about Go-kart?

When you dream of a go-kart, it is a representation of your ability to be able to navigate through the course of life with all its twists and turns. Alternatively, the dream could represent your aspirations and your drive in life.

What does it mean to have a dream about trains, cable cars, buses, and subways?

Dreaming about subways, trains, cable cars, and buses could mean that you don’t have faith in your power to control your life path. The dream could be both negative and positive. On the negative, the dream could be shown that you are very passive when it comes to decisions in life. You just follow others without having to pose and listen to your inner self and in the process, being influenced by them. On the positive side, the dream could mean that you have a grand fate, design, and a higher purpose that you have designed for yourself. Symbolically a “vehicle” as categorized above in a dream can, it shows that you need to review your decisions. To some degree it can be as clear as surrendering yourself to something larger is far much better to focus yourself on life. Riding in the cable car, train or bus is a sign that you are on the right track and you are on course in your life path and goals.

What does it mean to dream about a black car?

When you have a dream where you see a black car it is a sign that you are having self-control in a situation which you have control over and self-control that can be considered excessive. I always think black as a hidden feeling. Users have mailed me about the black car dream and it normally implies that you are scared of a situation – for example leaping into the unknown. I like to think that this represents that were unable to control a situation and we do not want others to take control over ourselves. On the other hand, a black car could reflect a professional attitude about control over a situation or decision making.

What does it mean to dream about a carriage?

When you have a dream of an old fashioned carriage, it means that your ideas and beliefs are outdated. You could be stuck in the past due to your traditional ways. There is a part of your life which you are holding onto, which is not beneficial to you at all. You could be clinging onto nostalgia, and are reluctant to evolve and change,

Alternatively, the dream could relate to gossip, depending on the other aspects that accompany the dream. There is a possibility that, your life can is related to a fairy tale or you are stuck on ideas which are not realistic. You will need to explore your dream further - and what works for you in order to achieve what the dream is trying to communicate.

What does it mean to dream about a car wash?

To see a car wash is an indicator that, you need a cleanup. Something maybe tainted due to a problem in the recent past and it is time to start afresh.

What does it mean to dream about a golf cart?

A golf cart in your dream implies that you are too careless or cavalier on your journey to achieving your goals in life.It seems that, in whatever you do, you don’t have any urgency at all. Alternatively, the dream could mean that, your efforts and goals have not been real and that whatever you have been chasing has been materialistic and childish.

What does it mean to have a dream where you see Bumper car?

When you have a dream where you see a bumper car, you will need to consider your feelings towards bumper cars and the context of the dream. Seeing bumper cars in your dream could mean that, you are at a standstill in your life or that you are heading nowhere in your life because you lack goals and focus. You could also be feeling that you are trapped in a game involving butting heads or compete with those around you. Alternatively, the bumper car dream could represent your ability, flexibility, and fortitude to recover faster from setbacks and hardships.

What does it mean to dream about an Armored car?

A dream where you see an armored car will make you ask yourself what is it that you feel insecure about in your life or where in your life do you need more protection. Due to the insecurity being linked to a car, you will need to ask yourself what you have done so far in your life or if you are taking the right direction in your life path. The contents of the car or the direction to which it is headed to in your dream could give you an insight into what you are feeling insecure about. Alternatively, the dream could mean that you need to be more careful with matters concerning money use.

Dreaming about car parts:

Some people have mailed me about car parts appearing in their dreams. I think it is important to go over what each car part can mean individually.

Car battery:

Seeing a car battery relates to your energy and stamina. If the battery is dead, it is a sign that you are fatigued and overworked. It is time you need to slow down and ensure that your battery is recharged or you might be burned out.

Windshield wipers:

Seeing car windshield wipers in your dream is a sign that, you know how to clear your vision of the future and that you are conscious of your current mental and emotional health. If the car wipers are not working well in your dream, it is a sign that you are suffering from a foggy outlook on life. You need proper, clear vision of your life. There is something which seems to be hidden from you due to your unconsciousness, repression or ignorance. If you are driving in a storm or rain and the wipers are working well, the dream means that you are in a position to move through the storms of life, seeing through challenges and remaining focused on your goals.

Car radiators:

A car radiator in your dream is an indicator that, it is time to cool off. There is a possibility that you are worked up over something.


A car window in the dream implies that you are reflecting on your current choices in life and your life in general. If you find it hard to roll down the window of the car, it means that you are feeling that you are unable to fully protect yourself from enemies and other elements in life. It could also mean that you are showing reservation or hesitation about the path that you have chosen or a direction that you are taking in life. A smashed car window in the dream can indicate you are feeling uneasy about the future but everything will be well. To have a car accident in the dream and go through the car window denotes that in time events will take place that will make you see the light.


A carburetor in your dream is a sign that, your spiritual, emotional, and physical balance is being represented here. Bearing in mind that most cars lack carburetors, it is an indicator that part of your life which is outdated, needs to be changed as it is no longer needed in your current setting.


Dreaming about a car trunk is an indicator of the baggage you have in life. It could also refer to what you always carry in your mind or that your past is influencing your present. On the other hand, it could be symbolizing how your unconscious is influencing the impact of your life path.

Gas tank:

When you have a dream where you see a gas tank, it means that there is a need for an inventory of your energy. The time has come for you to take care of yourself in order to persevere through your own life journey. If the tank is empty, it is a sign that in your real life, you are running out of gas and thus, a need to recharge, relax and for your strength to be regained. If the tank is full of gas, it means that you are ready for a long journey which is ahead of you.


Dreaming about car tires that are working is symbolic of you having faith that you have all that you need to continue on your life path. If tires are missing on your car in the dream, it denotes that, you feel that you are not prepared for what lies ahead of you in life and you don’t know what to do to continue. If your car has flat tires, it means that you have lost some ability to continue or you are wearing out due to emotional trauma or the psychological effect of the obstacles and bumps which you have experienced in your road of life.


When you have a dream where you see car handles, depending on the context, there is a possibility that, you are contemplating on making a major change in your life or a shift in direction which will be major. Alternatively, the handle could represent a feeling that you are unable to escape from your current path due to it being part of you. It could be trying to show you that, you need to break from the current goals you have, re-energize yourself before you continue.

Steering wheel:

A steering wheel in your dream is an indicator that you feel you are in control of your life. If the steering wheel is not working, it is a sign that, you are feeling out of control or lost.


Beeping a car horn or dreaming about a car horn is a sign of craving for attention from others or that there is something you need to pay attention to. You will only use car horn when you are in danger on the road and you are ensuring that you alert others of your presence. Your current life might be having a situation which is forcing you to seek attention from others for help. Alternatively, it could be that you need to put others on notice and feel heard as you express yourself more.

What is the old-fashioned meaning of a single car in a dream?

To see a single car in a car crash that includes children in the car means you must drive safely. To buy a new car suggests doorways in your future and possibly doorways into new opportunities. Maybe you will get a promotion or move jobs if you are being driven by another. This is fantastic time if you see a single racing car in your dream. Women will bring supportive opportunities in life if you see more than one car in your dream. To see a fairground ride car (such as one bumper car with no others) suggests your destiny will be clear, in the world of work. You will be attracting greater abundance and lasting success.If you are reversing car a vehicle in your dream then this shows that you feel that your life is going backward, it is important to recognize this and the first your behavior in certain ways. To dream that your car is crashed or alternatively you drive your car into something generally means that you have a significant fear of failure in life, on certain occasions a car can also symbolize a lack of responsibility for actions in the waking world. It is important that you do not feel that you are left behind in any matters with regards to the future. This is part of your life that makes you travel in fast directions. Uncover new areas in the area of work. To buy a new car means you need to improve your own self-esteem.

So that it is, I know that this is quite a long interpretation of the car dream but I wanted to cover all elements and I have gained the meanings from older dream lore. This dream represents an extension of what is achievable in the waking life. As I have pointed out, a single car is attached to emotions and can indicate spiritual progression on both a psychological and emotional level. If you are alone in the car then this can suggest independence or even reliance upon others. If the car loses complete control in your dream then this indicates there is a situation that you have been trying to control with little success. This dream also indicates that you will be making many visits to others in the future. This may include visits of work meetings or meetings with the family.

In your dream you may have:

Successfully drove a car. Encountered a car accident. Seen a car crash. Was in a car crash. Drove a race car. A car broke down. Worried about one's car. A red, blue, orange, black or white car. A certain brand of car: Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, BMW, Jaguar Drove slowly or quickly.

Positive changes are afoot if:

You drove slowly. There was a bright sunny day while driving the car.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of seeing footprints:

Interested. Imaginative. Watched. Being scared. Desirous. Restricted. Public. Anxiety. Worry. Strange impulses. Force. Ambition. Secretive. Spied. Examination. Competitive. Searching.. Fearful. Mundane.

By Flo Saul
Jun 14, 2012