A couple times now in my 1998 Honda Accord I have been driving down the highway when all of a sudden my RPMs drop to idle rates and pressing the gas pedal doesn't rev the engine. The first time this occurred I pulled over and after a few seconds everything was fine. The second time I pulled over and the engine died and would not start back. But after a few minutes it started back up with no problems and I was able to drive it on home. I have only owned this car since September (trying to avoid a car payment) and it has had a check engine light on since I bought it, that I have not had checked yet. Also the transmission shifts hard to second gear. I have never had a car act this way and wondering if this could caused by the transmission. Or if anyone knows what the issue is.