I’m a broken record when it comes to talking about capacity and reduced inventory levels. These are very good things for the trucking industry. But the down side to Just In Time Freight is the customer is pressing to get it delivered.
As a professional driver you must be the one that makes the decision to shut things down. Nothing is worth your life or the lives of other motorists. There were times in the past when I would have dispatch tell me they had trucks still running when I felt it was un-safe. While frustrating to be pushed like that, it really is your responsibility to make the decision when it is safe to keep running or not.
Fortunately, more companies have people on staff that will make the call to shut trucks down. This takes the call out of the hands of dispatch (that is getting pressure from the customer) and the driver (that feels the financial pressure).
We all need to remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint. The safe, professional driver will make better money over the long run than the super trucker that thinks skill can overcome conditions that are unsafe.