Myth #7: Heavy Hauling requires a Standard Transmission

This maxim caught on in the days when standard transmissions were preferable to some pretty shaky early automatics.

Time and technology, however, have turned this into a car myth. Today, some mechanics even recommend automatics for towing. The reason: Cars now have computerized drive train management systems that can calculate gear shifts more precisely than a driver can, thereby prolonging the transmission’s life. Just remember to take it out of overdrive. Don’t pull a trailer in overdrive.