Originally Posted by N941WR
Years ago, either Flying or AOPA ran a story regarding VFR into IMC. Unfortunately I can't find a link to the article as I think it came out pre WWW.
The just of the article was that instrument rated pilots who continued VFR into IMC were equally likely, or more likely, to crash as VFR only pilots.
The just of the article was that VFR pilot tended to do the magic 180 upon first indication of bad weather whereas instrument rated pilots tended to continue and weren't either current and/or didn't have the proper charts. Either way, the results had negative outcomes.
Fly safe and within your current abilities.
That may well be true.
I can say from my experience if VFR and faced with an IMC encounter ahead, I will deploy counter measures, and then contact centre requiring a clearance.
But the over confident out of practise and negligent wanting to avoid detection pilot may well come unstuck.
Lets be honest, a competent pilot deliberately trying to fly outside the IFR system could do it quite safely, but that is not the way we roll.