Dreaming about driving is synonymous with how in control of your life you feel, regardless of whether you drive in waking life or not.
For those that drive in waking life, dreaming of driving can reflect the skills you need in order to be safe, such as keeping your eyes as far ahead as possible, being vigilant, and the persistence in committing something to an instinct so intrinsic it becomes muscle memory.
What Does a Dream of Driving Mean?
Dreaming of driving relates to your sense of power and capability when it comes to shaping your own life into what you want.
Do you feel like you’re in the driver’s seat within your life, or do you feel more like a passenger, who hasn’t any control over the direction life is taking you? This is the first step to understanding your dream of driving, but there are many other things to consider.
Dreams of driving a car (see also Dreaming Of Motorbikes) often act as a way to reflect on life as it is now, the state of your well-being, and how much you feel like you are in control of your actions, and how you respond to things.
But it’s also important to take the specific details of your dream into account, too, as this can change the meaning of your dream.
How to Understand the Unique Symbolism Behind Your Driving Dream
Who Was Driving?
The first and most visually obvious thing to look at when considering the meaning behind your dream is to look at the identity of the driver. Were you driving, or was it someone else?
If you are driving within this dream, this reflects how you feel in control of your life. You feel you have a good grasp on how you are doing, exactly how much you can influence, and to accept the things you cannot change.
Dreaming of being the passenger in a driving dream denotes the opposite. You feel there are too many unpredictable factors in life for you to even have the illusion of control over how your life turns out.
Think back to what you saw when you looked out of the windows. Were you driving along a highway, filled with other cars? Off-road, with no signs around you?
The weather in this dream can also point to emotions lurking in your subconscious, and how they may be affecting your decisions.
The destination can also be important. If you had a clear destination in mind, this reflects your current path in life, where you feel you’re on the right track.
Having no end-goal, or one didn’t seem relevant in your dream, suggests you need to focus on the things around you.
If you dream of driving at night, this points to a lack of motivation or self-esteem to go after what you want.
What Were You Driving?
Driving a Train or Carriage
Dreaming of driving a train (see also Train Dream Interpretation) suggests incoming financial difficulties, or the need to set aside some funds, just in case.
If you dream of driving a carriage, this indicates that you’ve been focusing on what the lives of other people look like, instead of trying to better your own.
Driving a Bus
Dreaming of driving a bus points to a desire to connect with other people on a deeper level. You feel lonely, or you’re absolutely sick of small talk and you long for a meaningful connection.
Driving a Heavy Vehicle
If you dream of driving something larger like a truck, this indicates that you need to be a little careful in the future in how you handle tricky situations which involve needing the help of others, or which affect other people directly.
Common Driving Dreams Explained
Missing Your Exit
Dreaming of driving and missing your turn-off suggests that you aren’t giving something the attention it deserves, and you may miss out on an opportunity because of this.
Sitting in Traffic
If you dream of sitting in traffic, this suggests that there will be unexpected delays when it comes to trying to achieve your goals by a deadline. You may not meet them.
Dreaming of nearly hitting something, or getting into an accident but being unscathed indicates that you need to change your approach in a situation in waking life, or you risk things going wrong.