LANE CHANGING CHARACTERISTICS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF ROADS IN NAJAF
Investigating a driver behavior under different traffic conditions is the main point to develop a
microscopic traffic model such as the Frequency of Lane Changing (FLC) and Lane Utilization (LU). The
LC model is the corner stone for developing each traffic software; especially traffic simulation models.
The main aim of this study is to investigate the FLC and LU under different traffic conditions such as
urban and rural roads. Furthermore, the FLC for each type of road two-or three-lane sections has been
investigated. Field data have mainly been collected from urban arterial roads; whereas other published
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