Have you ever had a dream that you fell asleep while driving and crashed? You could be driving down the highway, fall asleep suddenly, and wake up in the hospital. You could also fall asleep while driving a small car or truck and suddenly wake up in heaven or on another planet.
Our dreams can sometimes be very vivid or, on the contrary, make no sense at all. However, whatever the scenario of your dream may be, dreams about driving and cars, in general, are highly symbolic, and oftentimes, it is the subconscious trying to tell us something through them.
Spiritually, dreaming of driving a car and falling asleep is a metaphor for your exhaustion from the stereotypical course of life. You could be tired of doing the same things the same way, or you no longer want to wait for something that you know deep down will never come.
A car in dreams symbolizes our direction and course of life, while falling asleep represents exhaustion, weakness, and vulnerability. Together, these two dream symbols clearly indicate that you are tired of the direction your life is going and probably want to make a change (rid yourself of stereotypes.)
People often fall asleep behind the wheel not only when they are tired but also because they are driving a long, straight, and stereotypical road that can easily make them fall asleep. This in itself indicates that you are tired of something that you do every day. It could be work, school, a relationship, or even where you live.
Since dreams are the “voice” of our subconscious, this stereotype could be eating you up inside or making you extremely stressed, if not hopeless. I would take this dream as a sign that you need to make a change, step out of your comfort zone, or start doing things differently to achieve different results.
Meaning in Relationships
When you meet someone, everything seems rosy and perfect, but over time, the relationship degenerates into a cliché and no longer matches your expectations. If this situation sounds familiar to you and you dreamed about falling asleep behind the wheel, it could mean that it is time to reevaluate your relationship.
If you dreamed of being the driver and there was a passenger next to you, it could mean that you need to communicate more and openly. You have to talk about everything, no matter how uncomfortable it is. On the other hand, If you were driving alone, you may feel lonely in your waking life, as if you are living next to your partner and not with them. You feel like there is no one by your side to wake you up and save you from a car accident (symbolically.)
Meaning in Career
This type of dream is often interpreted in connection with a career. This is because most of us do routine and tedious work that gives no meaning or direction to our lives. If you fall asleep while driving in your dream, it could represent your physical and mental exhaustion or your desire to do what fulfills you and gives you a sense of direction.
You may feel as if your current job is getting you nowhere in life or that if you make the same amount of money every month, your life will never change. It’s a fairly common feeling that might make you wonder, “Wouldn’t it be better to find a better job?” or “I can’t do this job for the rest of my life.”
Call To Action
Falling asleep while driving or even crashing could be a call to action. You should no longer wait for something to fall into your lap or for a miracle to happen. It may be time to take back control of your life and go after your dreams.
Since the car in dreams symbolizes the direction of our life, and you are losing control over it in your dream, I would interpret it as a sign from the subconscious that you need to get back control of your life. You have to “grab the steering wheel again, step on the pedal, and go to your dream destination.” You need to know what you want to achieve and where you want to go. You have to rely on yourself and your abilities.