good technique is the answer. here are some pointers:
i) drill a pilot hole of the appropriate size (should be a little smaller than the main body of the screw not including the thread). don't try to drive the screw straight into the wood - unless it's a drywall screw or a screw that is specifically designed to do so
ii) ensure that you have the correct size screwdriver bit for the screw.
iii) start turning with your drill/screwdriver on a low speed - most cordless drills have speed adjustment on the trigger switch. gently squeeze the trigger for slower speed. when the screw starts to bite then you can gradually increase the speed.
iv) hold the screw where it meets the screwdriver for extra support as you start turning SLOWLY.
v) use LIGHT pressure at this point. let the screw turn and bite for itself, don't try to force it into the workpiece.
overall, take your time, don't rush it and use la bit ess force and a bit more finesse. if the screw is slipping, you are using too much grunt. you may as well use a hammer as a screwdriver! good technique will come with practice.
Buy one these gadgets from screwfix, it has a sleeve that slides over the screw.Brilliant if working up a ladder or driving in slotted heads as it stops the slippage mentioned.
Great tips and everything you said is true I decided to do a breakdown on my drill skill set against your tips, my pilot holes are not the right size (I didnt think it mattered!!) I do put way to much presure on the screw however I do start the driver slow but just not for long enough, I need to focus more and not be in such a hurry you are right on all counts and comments. Think a lot of it is because I have Multiple Sclerosis I have a point to prove and that I can do anything, (about time I grew up at 49 LOL)
Allen I am going to buy everything I can find these look great gadgets and they should be advertised everywhere there must be a massive market open for this sort of thing just wish I had known what to put in the serch boxes to find it. My worst injury was when I screwed in a screw that was far to big for the 1/4" square piece of wood but hey thought I could get away with it, hence you gessed it drill slipped and went though the pad of my finger and stopped just before it came out the back of my finger nail, refused to get it treated because of my stupidity aqnd yes it got infected and no I did still not get it treated but now its healing finger just looks like patchwork and a reminded of just how stupid I am. so many thanks for your tips I will take them all on board YES I WILL!!!!!!
Rachel who like writing a load of waffel no one needs to know x and is rubbis and DIY and Spelling
easiest way is to cut a strip of cardboard from a cereal packet insert the screw a quarter way through, this keeps your fingers out of the way then when your screw starts to tighten pull the cardboard off the screw and continue till its fully in.