I got my instrument rating over two years ago and haven't used it at all. I stayed current for a year and but then let time pass and I'm no longer current. Considering I'm just a "weekend flyer," I'm not sure if getting my instrument rating was a good idea. I pretty much choose when I want to fly, and if the weather is poor, I just wait until the weather is good. Afterall, it's a lot more fun to take a friend up in clear skies and fly where you want than being stuck in the soup on an IFR flight plan. But I suppose there is one major factor about getting my instrument rating that shouldn't be ignored; it makes you a safer pilot. Even if you just plan on flying VFR for your entire life, having the knowledge and skills to fly the plane if you come across poor weather is extremely valuable. Knowing how to shoot an ILS approach will help ATC guide you down if things take a turn for the worse. Weather aside, even knowing how to navigate cross-country with VORs is very useful. Do any of you guys share my experience? Or was getting my instrument rating just an expensive mistake? I flew through a category-5 thunderstorm one night during my instrument training. It's a long story and an experience I will never forget. It was like being in a canoe during a hurricane. So I know that weather can get really, really nasty-- the kind of nasty that makes you wonder if you're coming home alive. Having an instrument rating is that extra bit of safety for when SHTF.