I use a lot of small hinges on projects and often have trouble with the screws, especially when it’s brass hinges and screws. I’ve snapped off quite a few brass screw heads because of too much tension.
Besides the obvious drilling pilot holes for the screws, there’s a quick and easy step for effortless driving.
Apply a little wax, whether it’s paraffin wax or wax from a tea light, to the threads of the screw. It acts like a lubricant and you’ll be able to drive the screw with relative ease.
The picture below shows a well-used piece of paraffin wax. It’s been used on drawer sides and runners, hence the groove in the middle.