@Iyagovos and anybody else with connections to the dev team
This is by far my most favorite game but it would be so much more enjoyable if the transmission didn't automatically downshift to 1st gear every time it needs to downshift. It kills all your momentum and leads to instability with the smaller vehicles! Not all driving in Mud Runner is in deep mud, and that's where this issue really annoys, i.e. on dry roads.
This should be an easy fix. The transmission needs to pick the right gear, instead of always going straight to 1st. It should depend on speed & load. Sometimes it should go straight to 1st, but only at low speeds & high load.
Alternately, please add key/button bindings for manual shift up and shift down and one for neutral. The manual transmission mode doesn't work without a dedicated gear shifter. Besides, some trucks have up to 9 gears and few shifters if any have those.