This suggests your ability to be in control of a situation, or out of control if the brakes do not work. This might be control of anxiety or sexual feelings or emotions. If the brakes are working they allow a feeling of confidence in dealing with life. See: Car.

This could also point to social situations. In other words we might not be taking notice of the ‘stop signs’ in social settings, personal relationships or as far as the law is concerned. Maybe it is about the motion of events that you could stop.

Brakes not working: Might suggest high anxiety or losing control of a situation or events, thus may indicate a fear of taking chances or initiating things in case they get ‘out of hand’; difficulty in controlling sexual desire or emotions.

Our brakes might not be working in some settings, such as in a relationship or work. This could mean you collide or are on a collision course with someone or with a situation. Banging into another car, person or house would depict this.

Example: Then there’s snow on the ground and I’m on a dirt road. In the snow, I skid and lose control. I realize as I pumped the brakes that I have no control, so I just sit there and steer to a soft as possible “crash” into a bank. I sit there, wondering what I’ll do now! Barb.

Example: Dreamt by a man who reported making love to a girl and finding it difficult to stop short of sexual intercourse. ‘I was in my car driving along and I wanted to stop the car immediately but my brakes would not work. This went on and on until I wakened.

Example: In an Edgar Cayce-interpreted dream we read: I was driving down a lakeside road close to an embankment when suddenly I appeared to go over the edge. I had time to jam on my brakes before I reached the edge, but instead I did nothing. I jumped out of the car into the lake. The car fell on top of me and I was killed.”

Cayce: This is a warning to change conditions in the physical body while there is yet time! Don’t just think about it. Do it!—Now! The lesson: To know how to do good and to do it not, is sin.

See Control-No Control – Learning the brake, gears and accelerator

Useful Questions and Hints:

What part are the brakes playing in this dream – to avoid something; to stop; to control speed?

Can I recognise how I use control and release in my life, and how well I can operate them?

Why am I dreaming of brakes at the moment – is there a situation I am in that needs skill in controlling or letting go?

Am I feeling anxious about what is happening to me sexually or emotionally?

Have I done something that is like running through the red light?

What is it I need to review about being in control?

Try using Acting on your dream and Easy Dream Interpretation



-Shrunga 2018-04-30 3:16:31

I am a doctor working 30 single ..and I get this dream where in im going to school cycling and meet my frens by chance on same way ..they acknowledge but they seem to be occupied amongst themselves…I feel left alone ..I decide anyways it’s good for me ..I can reach earlier n move on ..when I’m just about to reach school near a slope I lose control n brakes are not working..all the while they were working suddenly they are not …I calm myself saying I can slow down the cycle with my legs seems to not work’s only gained speed ..before anything happens I wake up

    -Tony Crisp 2018-04-30 10:32:12

    Shrunga – Your dream starts with you going to school again because there was a lesson you failed to learn at that time, although you put a lot of effort into learning.

    But at that time you developed an attitude than you could make more progress by being a loner. But life doesn’t work like that because you are a life form, and life forms exist because at the very start of being a life form is the creation of the universe. So that immense event is behind everything that exist, and like any life form, a tree for instance, it cannot exist without its connection with everything else. The tree needs the sun, and the earth, which is the dead bodies of past lives; it needs the bacteria at its roots to transform minerals, But all that comes about because of the immense forces which are behind everything. For here is a picture of the brains connections – literally the tree of Life which is branching everywhere through our awareness and has connection with everything and everywhere. See It connects every brain cell with every other cell in the brain. Click on it make it larger.

    You enormous effort to succeed has in fact put you in danger of crashing.


-Rurh 2017-11-02 23:47:18

I have frequent dreams that when im driving along and i need to press my breaks because there’s something infront of me but when i press on the breaks it doesnt break hard enough for me to stop and then im literally putting all my force on the breaks and its only stopping slowely and then last minute it will stop just before i hit the object infront of me and then other times i had dreams where i just put my foot down on the accelerator and wont press the breaks and wont stop and junctions to look for other cars but i never crash but always nearly do crash.

-RiCo 2017-09-29 17:26:15

I have a re-ocurring dream where its a dark and rainy day. Im driving my car, and i feel as though i am driving at the flow of traffic. I am approaching a red light with already waiting. I come to press on my breaks, its not that they dont work, but more like i have to press them with all my might, my strength to slow it to a stop.

i eventually do stop the car, but i am in a panic, and feel shock when i only avoid the car by an inch in front of me. It is a terrible feeling and struggle to stop the car every time.

-Anonymous 2017-04-17 4:23:33

I had a dream. I was with a friend and I driving to somewhere in our old white car (the car is completely fine). I turned left at one point and ended up in a place I didn’t know and met a dead end. I turned the car around and started to leave the place. The car almost refused to move. It took a lot of time to get out of the place(quite unlike our car that has brilliant pick up speed). Then we managed to exit this place from the location we’d used to enter and turned left. The road which was plain before this location suddenly became all hilly. We moved ahead a little and the car was moving fine. Then I tried to stop the car but it just wouldn’t. Just like every road on the hill, it was up and down. The car would speed up and slow down due to all that. But surprisingly, it wasn’t very twisty with sharp turns as in hills. At one point of time, I thought of applying hand brakes, but I didn’t dare do so, as I was scared that the car would completely go out of control. I managed to keep steering along all the while hoping that it would come to a stop at some point of time. I prevented a few accidents on the way from incoming cars and brushed the hills on a few occasions. Then I reached a very wide road which was filled with brown dirty water. The car started slowing down, I started feeling better and then I saw a bus crossing the road in front of me. Due to the water, I couldn’t steer the car and it kept going straight for the footpath on the wrong side. I felt the accident was imminent but somehow, the bus zoomed past us and we were saved by mere inches and our car stopped completely. My friend who was seated on the front seat had reached the rear seat (no idea how), and it’s only then I noticed that the gear level was out hanging from the gear box with lots of cables attached to it. I started calling up our driver for help and the dream ended.

-Riah 2017-03-23 12:24:04

I recently had a dream involving brakes, only it’s not the fact that they didn’t work at all, they just didn’t work properly. When I’d see a stop sign, I’d press the brakes but it would only slow down a fraction. I had to literally put the pedal to the floor to get it to work. Plus I was trying to both stop/runaway from the things in my dream. Like this crazy tornado came, but I knew how to stop it. Only i had to get away from it to stop it? Then the brakes for second, only for them to stop and I let a teacher in my dream drive.

-Lexi 2017-02-06 15:27:58

I dreamt that I was driving and my foot was stuck under the gas pedal. I couldn’t free it to use the break. I was also crouched down and could not see what was ahead of me. Although I knew there was a car ahead of me. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop and that I would hit it. Before anything happened I woke up.

-Merry leigj 2016-09-04 5:11:58

This is not a dream but weirdly like a dream. This week as I’ve been driving on the freeway I got behind a car with no tail or brake lights.Then today I got behind two different cars with no tail or brake lights. I have a desire to let them know. I’m a little perturbed they are so reckless. I have a fear I’ll run into them. I’ve never in my life been behind a car with no tail or brakes lights and now it’s been three in a week. If this was a dream what would it mean?

    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-04 9:32:34

    Merry – Yes, life events do have a meaning, although most people are not aware of such things.

    I feel your experience is saying that you must be aware that there are many people who don’t give a duck’s ass about other people. So be particularly aware of getting close to other cars or even people – until you get to know their intentions.


-Nancy 2016-07-11 15:59:51

I just woke up from a dream crying. I dreamed that I was driving my yellow jeep and I was going driving down a hill. I pressed the break pedal to control the speed and that’s when I realized that I had no breaks. I got scared and I felt also terrified of not being able to stop. It was a dark street and it was at night when I was driving and i saw that i was the only driver out in the street so there was nobody to ask fro help. I began to look for a place to crash the jeep trying to minimize the damage and the danger. I saw a curve that had bushes and some trees and in front of those trees was a wall made out of red bricks and i crash the jeep there. I got out of the jeep frantic and crying and i saw a person walking my way asking if i was ok but that’s when i woke up and i was literally in tears crying hard core
what could this mean?

-Katy Webster 2016-03-14 10:42:14

I had a dream, I was driving down a steep hill. I stopped to let two large lorries filled with packages drive out in front of me.

I started driving again and the car was damaged (I don’t remember how), but I was unable to stop the car. The brakes did not work and neither did the hand brake.

The car was veering down the hill at high speed, I decided to jump out of the car. I landed safely on the ground and the car hit about 6 other vehicles. No one was hurt. The police and the other car drivers were very understanding. I didn’t feel scared.

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