Myth #7: Heavy hauling requires a standard transmission

This maxim prevailed when standard transmissions were preferable to some relatively shaky early automatics. Time and technology, however, have turned this into a car myth.

Some mechanics even recommend automatics for towing. The reason is that cars now have computerized drive train management systems to calculate gear shifts more precisely than a driver.  Thereby, the transmission’s life is prolonged. Never pull a trailer in overdrive.