In dream symbolism, a car represents the dreamer's journey so when it crashes, something will prevent him from reaching his destination. Like waking life car crashes, there are different levels of severity. Is it a minor bumper collision or a crash and burn? Some scrapes only delay one's progress while total wrecks cause one to start all over again.
What are you crashing into or what is crashing into you? Your car crash symbol needs to be interpreted within the other contextual clues in your dream.
Here are some common car crash scenarios and their possible dream meanings:
Minor car crashes
Crashing into a tree. Life will deliver a blow to your intended plans.
Crashing into another car. Dreamer will experience a conflict with another person that will delay his journey.
Crashing into a truck. Demands of overworking (or someone who does overwork in dreamer's life) will have negative impact on dreamer's waking life goals.
Crashing into a railing. Dreamer's waking life actions will clash with guidelines meant to keep him on the straight and narrow road.
Crashing into a building. Buildings often represent the dreamer and his physical body but it is important to note the type of building in the dream (bank, house, high-rise) as the type affects the interpretation. Crashing into a general building can indicate that the dreamer's waking life efforts are going to harm his body.
Crashing into bank. A bank building represents the dreamer's financial health. What is the dreamer doing to crash into his own financial well-being?
Crashing into high-rise. High-rise structures symbolize success. Is the dreamer wrecking his own chances of success?
Crashing into a store. Ruining or limiting his options.
Crashing into an airplane. Stalling or stopping someone from "taking off" whether in business, relationships, personal growth…or even death.
Bus crashed into car. Driver/dreamer is running against public opinion or general society's direction. Popular opinion may get in the driver/dreamer's way.
Car crashes into train. Similar to above but crashing into a train indicates that the dreamer will clash with a person, group or organization that holds very strong, narrow or focused goals and ideals.
Crashing into a pond. Dreamer's waking life actions are disturbing or interfering with important self-reflection and tranquility.
Crashing into pedestrian. The way the dreamer is going about reaching his goals can hurt someone.
Crashing involving fatalities. Dreamer's waking life actions will have some serious and negative impact upon others, perhaps including himself.
Driving off a pier and crashing into the water. The dreamer harbors fears of embarking on a goal or journey that will not go well and will result in an emotional depression.
Witnessing two or more cars crashing (not yours). Dreamer is observing the damaging results of people clashing in waking life.
Car has no damage at all. The crash was a wake-up call, a warning only. Be careful of your waking life actions.
Car gets minor damage.Consider the type of damage and what part of the car is affected. A flat tire will slow down dreamer's progress. Cosmetic paint damage indicates that the damage will be to his image or reputation in a minor way. A bumper accident means the dreamer will be able to protect himself from serious damage.
Car sustains major damage. As above, pay attention to the parts of the car that is damaged. Serious damage indicated that the dreamer will need some repair and healing before moving on.
Car flips over. An event can turn the dreamer's waking life upside down.
Car catches on fire. Serious damage can have a cathartic effect on dreamer. If the car can keep going despite being on fire, the fire indicates fiery passion and drive for the journey.
Engine is on fire. Dreamer's waking life efforts are over-zealous and at risk for burning up his energy and resources.
Entire car bursts into flames. Dreamer may burn out.
Cause of crash
Running red light or stop sign. Dreamer is not heeding warning signs in his waking life.
Drunk driver. If driver/dreamer is drunk, this indicates that his attempts at escapism in waking life will keep him from reaching is goals. If the dreamer is hit by a drunk driver, he needs to be on the look-out for people who fit this description. Is there someone in his life who tends to shirk responsibilities? Does this person have an influence over dreamer?
Careless driver. If drive is the careless one, he needs to pay closer attention to details in his waking life and not overlook the obvious.
Falling asleep at the wheel. Not making conscious choices in life. Doing things without thinking.
Crashing due to interference by passengers. Dreamer is letting others interfere with his life and this is having disastrous effects.
Crash due to avoiding animal on road.Are you giving away too much of yourself due to misplaced compassion?
Thunderbolt hits car. Divine interference will stop dreamer from going down his current road.
Rain and slick roads. Emotions are threatening to cause some trouble.
Snow or icy roads. Being too uncaring or cold (or someone else who has these qualities) threatens to hurt dreamer.
Flood, hurricane, tsunami. These water weather calamities point to overwhelming emotional turmoil in the dreamer's waking life that will delay or derail his journey
After the crash
Driver climbs out after the crash. The dreamer will survive this incident in his waking life.
No survivors. Time for the dreamer to reflect on his goals and his method of attaining them. His efforts will have devastating results. Find a new way. Start over.
Car is able to keep driving even if slowly or damaged. Dreamer will be able to proceed despite any damages from a temporary obstacle.
People rush to car to assist. Dreamer will have help after a waking life incident in which he is hurt or delayed.
Emergency personnel arrive on the scene. Important people will come to dreamer's aid.
Angel or angels arrive after a crash. Look for divine inspiration, direction or guidance after an incident that changes your life journey. What are the angels saying? A car crash may be an important pivotal event in your life.
Common idioms and sayings about car crashes
"Crash and burn."
"An accident waiting to happen."