Here are the most common car dreams explained.
Symbols rule our dreams, so what does it mean when a car appears in your dream? Well, it depends. Here are 17 common car-related symbols commonly seen in dreams and what they mean, courtesy of the dream encyclopedia, Dream Moods:
Accelerator Are you pumping the accelerator in your dream? You will achieve your goals and you will do so on your own, but your subconscious may be telling you to slow down. But if the accelerator is broken, it could mean that you’ve lost control or that you’re rushing some aspect of your life.
Car accident You might subconsciously be suffering from some big-time guilt you never even realized you had. Maybe you’re ashamed of something you did in the past, but the symbol may be more literal than that, too. You could be afraid of getting behind the wheel. Or, more disturbingly, your subconscious could be foreshadowing a real-life accident of some kind (not necessarily automotive.)
Broken AC If the air conditioner in the car that appears in your dream isn’t working, you might have a problem relaxing. Your subconscious could be telling you to breathe. It’s time to cool off.
Cadillac You’re ambitious and your subconscious wants you to know that you will succeed. It’s as simple as that.
Car alarm You’re about to do something wrong. Don’t go down that road. Your subconscious is pushing you to choose a different route. Luckily, it’s not too late.
Carwash You may not know it, but you’re ready for a clean-up. Your subconscious is hoping you’ll take the hint and take better care of your personal appearance and the image you project.
Driving test You might have a literal driving test coming up, but you could also have other real-life dreams being put to the test. Are you at a loss for what to do with your life? Even if you don’t know it yet, your subconscious senses it.
Freeway You are free! This symbol implies that you’ve been liberated in some way—unless the freeway is blocked. In that case, there may be obstacles preventing you from achieving what you want.
Parking ticket You’re lost and you don’t know what to do. Maybe you’re getting criticism for your life choices or trying to cope with setbacks.
Potholes Setbacks lie ahead. In your real life, things aren’t going smoothly and that’s frustrating you. It’s high time for change.
Racetrack This symbol could mean that you’re living life in the fast lane, but it could also mean that you’re going in circles. It could even mean that you have such a fixed way of thinking that you’re not willing to escape your one-track mind.
Rearview mirror Your subconscious fears that you’re dwelling too much on the past. You could be full of pain and regrets, but another interpretation is that you don’t look to the past enough. You need to remember what you left behind to better appreciate where you are now.
Roadblock Just as a roadblock is a literal obstacle in real life, when it appears in your dreams, it represents bigger obstacles you’re facing off the road, too.
Roadkill This symbol represents death of some kind. It may be an actual death, but it could the death of a habit or period in your life. If your dream involves witnessing an animal get hit by a car, you could be experiencing a loss of control in your own life.
Speed bump Slow down. Your subconscious is warning you not to go so fast.
Stop sign Stop what you are doing in your waking life and rethink your path. Running a stop sign in your dream may symbolize your habit of not considering the consequences of your actions.
Stoplight This may represent that you are feeling held back from accomplishing whatever it is you have set out to do. It could also symbolize the pressure you’re feeling to succeed.
(h/t Dream Moods)