|Heavy hauling requires a standard transmission
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 drivetrain 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," warns Martin. "Don't pull a trailer