As I (and several others) have mentioned time and time again, when it rains in Cape Town, people cannot drive. Yes, as a thoroughly purebred Capetonian I can say that. My driving skills are fine though – the fact that I indicate for every lane change and check my mirrors before going over already proves that I am a better driver than 75% of Cape Town under normal conditions.
When we checked the weather last night and saw the expected conditions for today, we decided to leave 5 minutes earlier this morning (we actually ended up leaving 8 minutes earlier). We still got to our first stop at the same time though, because it was raining so, so hard. Visibility was extremely poor, and we had to traverse multiple roads. The radio dude even suggested people leave half an hour earlier, because traffic was already that rough on main routes.
On the plus side though, for the first time, I saw people actually (gasp) maintaining safe following distances. Driving at a safe speed. Going slowly through clearly flooded portions of the road. Headlights (not brights) were on. Indicators were used to change lanes.
Yes, the weather was that bad, it forced Capetonians to drive correctly.