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To dream of a road usually depicts your prevailing direction in, or approach to, life – this direction/approach can be either self created out of your own actions or decisions, or arise out of other peoples or social influence. The road can also suggest things that are entering your life, depending on the dream.

The road or avenue can also indicate the norm in social behaviour, therefore the direction in life taken by many people; your predispositions; any direction you are taking, such as a love affair, a business, a new attitude; your public activities. Entering a road or street suggests you open yourself to new impressions and experiences, whatever they may be.

The size, richness, cleanliness, amount of people, and situation of the road shows how you inwardly see either the direction chosen, or the choices confronting you.

A road can also cut you off from your direction if it crosses your path.

Alley: Limited possibilities or horizons; present limited possibilities will be overcome with effort and initiative. Alley with dead end – Concern about a tight situation that appears to have no way out.

Alone on road or alley: It could suggest many things depending how you feel in the dream. It could indicate that you are going your own way independent of others, maybe you are starting a new approach to life that others have not been. Maybe it shows how lonely you are and not able to get others to go with you. Or are you exploring new experiences on this road?

Bend in road: This can depict something new ahead that you couldn’t see until you make the change in direction. It can also suggest that a change in your life direction is ahead. Taking a track to a side road can suggest you are being side tracked or similar to above, or perhaps suggesting you are going off road adventuring.

Black road: This might link with feelings or fears about death or depression. It can, in some cultural symbols, point to difficult or ‘dark’ times – a  period on your life in which you pass through trials.

Blockage on the road: It could be a warning not to carry on in the direction you are presently taking. It might be saying that there is something you need to be aware of because it is important to you to understand to meet. Or perhaps it is an invitation to explore what the blockage is.

Crossroad: Change; decision; indecision. See: crossroad.

Cross roads or deciding which road to take: Arthur’s dream in the second example shows cross roads as depicting his many choices. Arthur’s choice involves his attempt to include his wife’s needs.

Cul-de-sac/dead end: Feeling or intuition that your direction will not be rewarding or lead to openings or opportunity.

Detour: A unplanned direction.

Dirt road: A direction of a path that you or others do not use very often – a direction that is not popular enough to be made a proper road, but may be one that you are making in a new personal diretion.

Fork in the road: Something to decide; parting from accustomed way or relationship.

Going out from house into road: How others see you; being in public view.

Going the wrong way up a one way street: Going against prevailing attitudes; defying public opinion.

Known road: Feelings associated with that road; what you have already done; the past; habits.

Lane: Individual direction.

Many roads: Many avenues of experience, many new things or many choices, thus sometimes indecision or confusion.


Motorway/Freeway/Interstate: Like any road it indicates your prevailing direction in, or approach to, life – this direction/approach can be either self created out of your own actions or decisions, or arise out of other peoples or social influence.


But a freeway is a major direction and quick route to where you want to go in life – unless of course it is chocked with other vehicles, then it indicates delays in your plans and frustration. For some dreamers it will represent facing more power or threat than they feel relaxed with. Also it can indicate that you are making a big change in your life. 


The freeway is a direction in life taken by many others, so can indicate what everyone else does, the norm, or the established. But if you have particular memories of this route and where you use it to get to, then that is important in understanding your dream.  


An exit on a freeway/motorway suggests either branching off from a main flow in the direction you were taking in life, or perhaps a nearness to a goal you have been ‘driving’ toward.


If you are on foot and trying to cross the motorway it can suggest a difficulty in the way of your progress, or even danger.  


One way road: Rules and regulations that are imposed on you.

Road ahead: The future; aspects of self not yet expressed; new areas of endeavour.

Road behind: The past; what you have already achieved or done.

Road being repaired: Activity to make the way you are going easier. It could also suggest it is difficult to travel in the direction now.

Road under construction: It can suggest so many things such as a rough road ahead, or that there are many obstacles to deal with. You might have to decide on a new direction, so continuing might be difficult. This might be a way for others to use also.

It could be that you will have to develop new ways of doing things, learning a different approach. May imply building new habits, new ideals, new patterns of mind; learning new ways to approach old, and so daring to travel new territory, and so a journey into the unknown.

Running into road: Danger.

Stretch of road: If it is behind you it suggests the ground you have already covered, so your past. If it is ahead it can be what is before you, or what you feel or fear you face ahead.

Unpaved road or track off to one side: Going off the beaten track or being side-tracked.

J. P. feels her life is something she must ‘struggle on’ with, but it is an endless circle of confusion in which she gets nowhere. This illustrates the road as a symbol of ones approach to life. Perhaps it is her fear that creates this sense of life for her.

Example: ‘Janet my wife was cycling beside me. We came to the end of a short road. I said we should turn left, but Janet thought we ought to turn right. We got out into the middle of the road without turning either way.’ Arthur P.

Arthur feels he is unable to get along with his feelings about his wife wanting a different direction.

Example: ‘Walking alone along a road through a small town. I was heading for a place that a group of people, in a street parallel to mine, were also heading for. A person from the group tried to persuade me that the RIGHT way to get to the place was along the street the group was walking. I knew the street did not matter, only the general direction. The person was quite disturbed by my independence. It made him or her feel uncertain to have their leader apparently questioned. I felt uncertain too for a moment. Then I walked on and came to an open stretch of ground.’ Ivor S.

Ivor’s dream shows how roads can represent different sorts of social behaviour. To choose ones individual ‘road’ may be difficult, because others are so sure they know best. Patterns of behaviour such as needing an authority figure to follow, are also here depicted as a road.

Idioms: On the road to recovery; road hog; end of the road; take to the road; middle of the road; the high road to.

Example: ‘My dream is of an eternal journey, that takes a road that turns into a circle or maze that is endless. Behind me is a large fat young man with blond hair. I can’t get along and he catches up with me, I say, ‘We can’t go back we must struggle on’. He takes my wrist. I am trying to hide my fear of him and the pathway, when I wake up.’ J. P.


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-Mel 2015-07-20 2:24:26

Greetings Tony! My “on the road” story took place in the mountains. It wasn’t a winding road but it was new. I drove a normal speed and then all of a sudden the road continued hundreds of feet below…i didn’t step on the breaks because it was unexpected and there was no breaktime. I realized I could die but just went falling/flying down at the cars pace and landed without dying. I suspect I would have continued driving but I woke up. If you have any insight, it would be greatly appreciated! Hugs and respect! Mel


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-25 9:35:45

    Dear Mel – Not knowing anything about your waking life, I have to partly guess what the symbols in your dream mean.
    The way I see your dream is that you start with something new in your (inner) life; a new relationship, a new opportunity, a new habit, a new job, a new perspective/awareness etc.
    Did you perhaps start something that you were/are rather idealistic about? See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/inner-world/#MakesInner
    Then you arrive at a point where you have no other choice – there was no break time – than to “come down” to earth again from a more idealistic, fanciful, or visionary viewpoint.
    Can you relate to that?
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    Anna :-)


      -mel 2015-11-05 17:19:07

      Anna, I was in a car crash two days later and it was beyond my control. Someone was cited for failing to yield and she totaled my car.
      Thank you for replying; i will look at your page suggestions.


        -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-11-08 14:22:20

        Dear Mel – I hope it was only your car that got damaged.
        In general when dreams predict the future they will show what will happen in almost the exact way as it will happen later in waking life.
        See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/precognition/
        Anna :-)


-Jo 2015-08-27 5:37:33

Hello. I’ve just woken up from a horrible dream. I was travelling on a coach with some uni friends on the motorway talking to my uni tutor. The coach and traffic slowed down. I saw about 8 young boys cycling very fast in the hard shoulder then we saw two boys who had been knocked off their cycles in the fast lane they looked pale and dead. I feel very un-nerved about this.


-Gab 2015-11-07 21:31:57

Hey if you could interpret this dream. I was standing on the side of the road and trying to cross.
I was looking at the traffic so i could find out how to cross safely but then i realised traffic was going both ways on the road.
There were 3 lanes and cars were going both ways in EACH LANE but i didnt see a crash and i crossed fine.


-Rhonda 2015-11-15 9:52:35

I had a dream that I was pregnant and realized it was by a man I had loved all my life but have not seen or talked to in over a year. I remember standing in line at a welfare office with my 15yr old son and someone talking about the need for social workers then this huge group of people began walking out of what I think was an office building or a courthouse. There were many glass windows from where they were coming from. Then all of a sudden I was on the interstate driving and I saw a squeeze ketchup bottle in the road and then a black panther crouched down coming towards me slowly and I I guess I passed it because the next thing I know I am still in the car with my son and my mother. We were coming onto the interstate at this time and I got out of the turn and missed the interstate and drove through the grass and then we were apparently about to crash because the car was airborne. But I was driving,my son the passenger and my mother between us like on the dashboard. She was facing the back of the car and somehow my son and I had our backs to wherever the care was head. My mom and I began praying for God to forgive us of all of our sins and my son was saying nothing…I woke up. No crash ever happened.
A little history on me, I am 49yrs old, have a 28yr old daughter and 15 yr old son. I cannot have anymore children due to a hysterectomy. I am single from a 3rd marriage and have been divorced 5 yrs. I am a Hospice nurse. I often have dreams in which I feel God is trying to tell me something. Please help me understand what this dream could have meant. Thank you so much for your time.


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