|Automobile on a Pacific beach with shipwreck in background (Photo credit: UW Digital Collections)|
Cars are very common in my dreams undoubtedly because of all the time I've spent in cars. Cars represent movement, relocation, and control.
One very common dream scenario involves me driving on a highway. Suddenly I begin to lose control of the car. The car will begin to careen and skid, heading toward what might be a terrible accident. In these dreams I feel frightened and helpless at first, but I always manage to gain control of the vehicle. This type of dream probably relates to a current fear that I have in my waking life. The dream shows me that I am capable of avoiding disaster and being in control of my circumstances. This is probably a dream of reassurance.
Another car dream involves me losing my car in a parking lot or elsewhere. Sometimes I find it, while other times I merely get distracted by other events in the dream and looking becomes something of less concern for me. In these scenarios the car represents my means of mobility or a certain sense of power over my own affairs. Losing that power can leave me feeling helpless, but in dreams like the latter there might be other issues at hand in my waking life that make that need for power or control of less consequence.
In a final type of car dream there is something in my car or another car. This thing might be hidden or in the open. For example it may be something as simple as groceries in the back seat, while in other dreams it could be something like a dead body in the trunk. The meanings of these dreams would depend on the objects in the car and how the presence of those objects affect me in the dream. Generally speaking I would guess that these objects represent some sort of fear or other emotional baggage that I feel that I need to rid myself.
What happens in your dreams about cars? What do cars represent to you in your waking life? Do you ever dream of being in a car accident?