For several years now I've been having dreams quite often of the brakes failing in my car. It's never the same twice but the theme remains. Most often I'll dream it's in whatever vehicle I've got at that time. For years I had a old van and I used to dream it's brakes went while driving many times. I've recently gotten a new car and not long ago it was featured in the same sort of dream, lol.
Anyway, based on this I wanted to share a neat little thing that happened one night within such a dream. In it I was driving my brother, (who was for some reason back in town, and bothering me endlessly) to the bank after he'd bugged me for a ride. He was ranting about my driving, which funny as it seems, is actually true of waking life. He's always been the worst backseat driver I know for some reason. Therefore the scene seemed fine and normal enough to me. I came to the train tracks though that cross the middle of town and of course went to stop behind the line of stopped cars that was forming to wait at the crossing. Typical as could be, my brakes failed completely and I rear ended the car in front of me. This was somehow familiar in the moment. I snapped to a new awareness and realized that I'd rear ended cars in the past after having brake issues, and that they were always just dreams. I knew that my brakes were fine. I remembered that once before, the last time this had happened in fact, I'd actually become conscious too and have decided through will, to rewind time and stop before I'd hit a vehicle.
My brother in what I now knew fully was a dream, was ranting and raving at me about having screwed up big time and hit someone. He yelled about how I was in big trouble now and how he'd been dragged right on into it because according to him I couldn't drive.
I simply looked at him with confidence, shrugged my shoulders and said calmly and with some amusement, "Oh don't worry about it. This is a dream. I can rewind time. I've done this once before."
He looked at me for a second like I had grown another head. Then he became confused, and looked at me like I was speaking Chinese or something. I recall reading somewhere before that if you tell a dream character you are dreaming they get confused as anything by it, but I'd never seen it for myself before. For the second time though, I consciously rewound a dream just like one might rewind an old VCR. I drove forward again. I hit the brakes, sure they worked. I stopped fine. My brother was clearly seeing the scene for the first time and the crash had never happened.
For me it seems the brake thing in a dream has become a great chance at lucid dreaming. I've been working on this for ages and have even had a few, but never fully thought to try to control the scene myself until the failed brake dream. I've always in other ones just know it was a dream and still let it play out as it will. This one though it seems in giving me enough of a need to do something. To take action.
For so many, I can imagine, to dream of car brakes failing would be terrible. For me it is too at first because well of course who wants to hit anything in a car and feel helpless and frantic. but also I'm starting to see it more and more as a chance to play, lol.