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Road Motorway Freeway Interstate

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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-Christina 2011-11-25 1:53:27

The content of your website, including the free dream dictionary online is very much appreciated. Thank you for creating and developing this website for us all who are looking for better understanding of themselves through dreams.


    -Tony Crisp 2011-11-25 10:21:49

    Christina – Thank you so much for you words. It means a great deal to me to know that as I sit day after day it is appreciated.

    Also I have learned so much from doing it, and there is so much more to discover.

    As ever – Tony

    PS – You see, I looked at road again and see it needed upgrading, so added some more to it.


-Xivera 2012-04-28 17:17:04

I have used this site since 2004. I have been interpreting dreams much longer, but when my mind is too muddled, Dreamhawk has been there to help clear the air. This is a great resource for any intuitive or self-knowledge seeker.


    -Tony Crisp 2012-04-29 8:13:54

    Xivera – You have said it in one. That is my aim, to help people to gain insight through there own intuition and self seeking. Thank you.



-Shabana 2012-11-13 11:13:25

I dreamt my cousin was driving car, I was at passenger seat , on a tight road with both sides of plants as we see in country side . Suddenly The road came to an end and my cousin told me that we have to walk from here, so we walked and reached to a place where my dad and rest were waiting for us. Could you please explain what does that means.


-Josie 2013-07-20 19:03:37

I really love your insight. Could you help me with a dream I had two nights ago? I should let you know my son was murdered 6 months ago while on vacation, the person who did this has yet to be found. I believe we are guided through life through our dreams and that the message is always there if we are open enough to receive it. Four days before this happened I woke up screaming and crying in my sleep I heard an audible voice say that he was going to die and I needed to call him. I am haunted by this as I dismissed this as a horrible dream and am ashamed to say I did not call but sent him a face book message of my love for him. Well two nights ago my dream was he was in my car in the passenger seat and I was driving I could see the road and it was normal however up ahead I could see a curve in the road and he was also telling me that there was going to be a curve in the road up ahead. Can you help me discern this dream. I appreciate your time. Thank you


-keenan baxter 2013-12-29 4:58:09

i’m at a loss on this one. I dreamed of a highway that turned into the highway going “upwards” and it turned “sideways”. what this also impacted was immediately started snowing and as a semi truck/trailer was going up and around the curve, it lost control, skidded and ran into the guard rail. it caused the trailer to come off and land on the ground. I guess this type of ramp with the highway going sideways was meaning the traffic was going at super speeds, but in the dream everything was going normal speeds. I’m not sure what it meant, but I wanted to share.


-Badrish Chhabra 2014-02-27 23:43:40

i saw a dream i am driving a car along with my wife in i city where i study 20 years back in 1994 . i know the route but my wife diverted me into diffrent roadway . we are allmost lost driving along with railway line and suddenly there is no road .there is a wall road is under repair .i revres the car into neighbours gate requesting her to guide me the route .she is very old lady and describing me the route


-Badrish Chhabra 2014-02-27 23:48:43

allthough perfect dreem analyser site .like it .thanx for detailed analysis.


-Christina 2014-06-28 12:42:47

Dear Tony: Hope this finds you well. I wrote to you on this comment page once just over two years ago (the first comment). Many thanks for the upgrading on the ‘road’ page; which I find it is very helpful. I am grateful to you, as ever, for your advice provided via the information you have given on your website.

Would you please help a little further, as I could not find relevant information on your website. Hence, I have no clue on what message a part of my dream (below) is telling me.

“[....] At one point, we were able to get the maximum light from the headlights (from our bikes) to the road and could clearly see a part of the road further ahead. We were glad and were about to cycle on quickly, but then a ray of light hit something white in the middle of the road which blocked us from cycling on. It was a rock and then we realized that apparently there was a small round pond in a middle of the road with rocks around the edge of the pond. The water in the pond looked clean. We both found ourselves standing on the rocks. As we were standing, I was thinking that it was good that we saw the pond first; otherwise we might find ourselves flying from our bikes into the pond!! And then the next thought that came to my mind was that we could push our bikes along the edge of the pond [so as to get back on the road]“. Then I woke up; it was 3.13 am.

Many thanks for your help in advance.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-06-29 9:29:26

    Christina – It is good to hear from you again, and your dream has stimulated me to add two other comments in ‘road’.

    The light from you bikes suggest that you, through your own efforts are being able to go in a direction or undertaking you were previously uncertain about. That enabled you to realise or do things that were previously not capable of.

    The white rock usually indicates that something very special has come to your attention or awareness. It calls for you to give it special attention. In a sense it was trying to get you into the pond. Or a least why would your dream put such a thing in your way. I am wondering whether you are carrying the rules you live by in the outer world into the inner world of your dreams. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing

    It might be good to imagine entering the pond to see if there is anything there you can learn from it. For a pool or pond indicate the life within you that is usually not notice – under the surface. So try entering it while awake.



-RAED 2014-07-07 15:34:26

Hi. I dreamed I was walking slowly between a road and a golf course. What could it mean? Thanks.


-Christina 2014-07-08 18:11:04

Dear Tony, Hope this finds you well. Many thanks for improving the interpretation on the Road, which has been very helpful as for some reason I seem to dream about road quite often. As ever, I’m grateful for your time, effort and above all your kindness in sharing and making this site very resourceful.

With this posting, I’m asking for your help, please. I had a dream near the end of June, but till now I have not been able to get a full understanding on what the dream is trying to tell me – especially on the part that I saw a rock(s) and a pond on the road. Any help you could give will be very much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

Here the content of my dream below:

“I was riding a bike on a two ways road. There was a person riding another bike beside me too but I cannot tell who it was. No other cars on the road. The road was smooth, clean, straight, long, quite narrow and dark; the environment was also like at the night time. A line of trees was on the two sides of the road. The road was a bit up and down – a small up and down; just nice. There was no lamp-posts on the sides of the road.

We were able to get some light to the road from headlights of our bikes. Although the light was not strong and did not clearly show the way ahead, nevertheless it was sufficient for us to cycle on the road. We tried to adjust our headlights to get the maximum light while cycling on! At one point, we were able to get the maximum light and could clearly see a part of the road further ahead. We were glad and were about to cycle on quickly, but then a ray of light hit something white in the middle of the road. We stopped the bikes and saw that it was a good size of a rock (can be held in hand). Then we realized that apparently there was a small round pond in a middle of the road with rocks were placed around it as the edge of the pond. The water in the pond looked a bit turbid (it looked like the sort of water that is usually found under the ground). We both found ourselves standing on the rocks. As we were standing, I was thinking that it was good that we saw the pond first; otherwise we might find ourselves flying from our bikes into the pond!! And then the next thought that came to my mind was that we could push our bikes along the edge of the pond [so as to get back on the road].” Then I woke up; it was 3.13 am.


-Christina 2014-07-08 18:21:12

Dear Tony, Thank you very much for your quick and very helpful response, it is much appreciated. Your guidance has given me some light to think about. Thanks again.

By the way, I apologise for just posting (just now) the same dream on this page. My computer and outlook that connects to my gmail played up and I did not check whether my posting at the end of June had already went in. Please feel free to remove my posting of today, so as to keep space of this page clean and for others to post too.

Many thanks again.


-ness 2014-09-30 3:11:31

I had a dream of basically being in one area of my town and I keptwalking down this road That’ was supose to take me back home but. I ended only right back where I started there couldn’t get off that side of town to go home


-Christina 2014-12-08 9:12:03

Dear Tony: Greetings. With reference to your guidance to me on 28 June 2014, I’m writing to let you know that, as always, I very much feel thankful for your time and suggestions you have given me. In the past months, I have tried to do as you suggested which it was only this morning though that I really feel I may have cracked it. I feel I better understand what happened and feel happier, and importantly, feel free from pains and anger I had in me and with myself! Thank you so much for your help and your time. Many happy returns for all the kindness you’ve shown in helping others whom you have not even met or known. I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


    -Tony Crisp 2014-12-08 10:04:46

    Christina – Thank you so much for your words.

    It reminds me that it takes time to ‘crack it’ and really learn to enter and explore the wonderland of our inner world.

    I send you blessing from my heart and spirit.



-kathleen 2014-12-12 11:14:41

I wanted to no what this dream mean four snakes my mom cousin and I was going to a theme park went down the wrong road


-Alexist 2015-05-24 5:11:08

this website has been very educating but i simply cant find any answers to my repetitive dreams of my road dream. the road is straight at first but then sudddenly splits into 2 muddy roads and then as i go down it either by walking or riding a bicycle i end up in a maze of lots of houses on muddy streets and i never get to my true destination. also when i try to turn back the road also has turned to muddy streets with lots of houses and no way out!!


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