To me, it means "ride around."ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it; "We tooled down the street"
Possibly, but only if it came to me via movies and I don't think it did.Interesting. Do you think it might be a westcoast thing?
A retired sheet metal worker from Albany, N.Y., he raised three children and went on to live a normal life, save for tooling around in the Spyder at Dean-related events.
I read it on a website: "tooled around town in a red convertible". I looked it up in Merriam -Webster's Learner dictionary, and found : " I tooled around (town) all day."
But I guess it is not a common expression.