Hi, I'm a private pilot and I'm looking forward to becoming a instrument rated pilot, and one of the reasons is because I'd like to be more comfortable making long cross country flights. But of course renting an airplane can be quite heavy on the budget. I was reading that to stay IFR current, you have to do 6 approaches in actual or simulated IFR, and I guess I was wondering, how often do private pilots or even commercial pilots actually end up doing approaches in IFR conditions. Or pretty much all private pilots end up flying with an instructor or a safety pilot every 6 months to stay instrument current. Because I was thinking that if I do become an instrument pilot, I would of course want to shoot an approach during each landing, but I doubt I'll encounter IFR conditions each time I go flying. So how many private pilots pretty much take a instructor or a safety pilot all the time to stay current.