Dream cars can symbolize the image or persona you are trying to project to others; this can be sleek and powerful, or practical and powerful. Whenever a car appears in your dream, the first thing to do is to consider your personal associations with that car.
If you do not envisage yourself owning this particular car, ask yourself why your dreaming mind selected it. What does it say about you? The answer should tell you a lot about your character, your self-image and your driving force or ambition. Dream cars can also represent yourself and your ability to control your life.
Are you a good driver in your dream? If you are, this suggests you are in control of your life.
If you drive badly, however, your unconscious may be warning you that you are making too many mistakes and heading for an emotional crash.
If a back-seat driver appears in your dream, could this represent someone who is trying to influence your life? Is someone else driving the car? Do you feel that this person is controlling your life or influencing you? Your dream may be expressing your dependence and lack of control. Pay attention to the people you are driving as this might suggest your feelings of responsibility towards them.
If you are not driving, are you happy to be driven by someone else?
If a dream car symbolizes your persona, then the steering wheel represents your conscious mind, and the engine and gas your unconscious, or your inner power and energy.
If your dream journey was smooth, this suggests stamina and energy, or to Freudians, progress in psychoanalysis. A bumpy road suggests anxieties arising from the unconscious.
If you broke down or ran out of petrol, this suggests that you are on the verge of depleting your physical, financial or emotional resources.
If you have a dream in which you are speeding or get a speeding fine, this suggests your pace of life is way too fast or that you are living life in the fast lane. Are you in danger of losing control? Your dreaming mind may be urging you to slow down—particularly if brakes feature in the dream.
If any other part of your dream car was featured, you can draw a parallel with your waking life. For example, if a tire was punctured, do you feel deflated? If the pedals were not working properly, do you need more energy to make further progress in waking life? If car wheels appear in your dream, this is a call to action. For Jung, the wheel is a potent symbol of the life force and creativity energy, whilst for Buddhists and Hindus a wheel indicates universal truth. Dreams of seatbelts suggest a sense of safety and caution, whilst whether you have your headlights switched on and off may symbolize whether your awareness is on or off. Car mirrors are clear symbols of looking at the past and seeing the effect of past events on your possible plans for the future.
If you are taking a taxi in your dream, this suggests that you are willing to take a back-seat in life and let others do the driving, rather than relying on your own efforts.
If you are driving the taxi or car, this suggests a willingness to guide others. Dreams of drunk driving or driving without a license suggest that you are not fully in control of your life. They may also reflect feelings of inadequacy, or even an unwillingness to conform to social standards.
If you are overtaken in your dream car, this suggests feelings of being left behind, whilst if you are overtaking, you may feel that you are getting ahead in life.
If you are reversing your car, you may suffer from a sense of not getting anywhere, whilst if you dream of running over someone, are you killing an aspect of yourself? If you end up finding yourself having to be towed, this suggests anxieties about the dependent or needy part of yourself. Traffic in dreams generally means the opinions and concerns of other people, but if you are stuck in a dream traffic jam, this reflects your frustrations in life.